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African American Graduation Celebration

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Dear African American Graduate,

Congratulations on your graduation from California State University, Long Beach!  Your time spent at this university will prove to be one of the most significant experiences of your life.

The 28th Annual African American Graduation Celebration will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 2:00 PM.  There will be a reception with light hors d'oeuvres to follow. 

Graduates are required to wear a cap and gown, which are available for rent at the University Bookstore. All graduates are to arrive for the rehearsal at the CSULB Pyramid on May 16, 2015 no later than 10:00 AMWe ask that the graduates arrive for the rehearsal dressed for the celebration.  You will not have time to leave after the rehearsal.

The registration fee of $40.00 is due by Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by 5:00 pm in order to participate in the Celebration. There is a $2.00 admission charge for the Celebration Guest Tickets. Payments can be made at the Associated Students Business Office (USU-229).  Please note:  No personal checks are accepted for payment.

All Graduate and Undergraduate Speakers, Poets, and African Dancers who want to speak/perform at the graduation must attend auditions on either April 10th from 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM or on April 17th from 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM. Auditions will take place at the Leadership Resource Center (LRC) located on the third floor of the University Student Union, room 314. Please email the Graduation Committee at with any questions.

The registration fee of $40 will include:

  • Two Complementary Guest Tickets
  • Ten Graduation Announcements with Envelopes
  • Kente Cloth Sash
  • Certificate of Participation
  • T-shirt
    April 10th & 17th

    Auditions on April 10th from 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM or on April 17th from 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM at USU-314

    April 29th

    Graduation Registration Deadline

    April 29th

    Deadline to submit/pay for Memory Book

    May 16th Graduation Rehearsal and Check In at 10am at the Pyramid


Graduates and their families will have an opportunity to submit camera-ready photos, poems, and well wishes to be included in the Graduation Celebration Memory Book.  The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 5:00 PM at the Office of Student Life and Development (USU-215).  Please note that space is limited.

We look forward to your participation in this memorable and wonderful ceremony. If you have any questions please contact us by email:

Thank you.


African American Graduation Celebration Committee

California State University, Long Beach