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Cultural Graduation Ceremonies

Published: May 8, 2017

The Chicano/Latino graduation on May 21, is one of eight such commencement-related cultural events on campus in April and May.
PHOTO BY STEPHANIE PADILLA
The Chicano/Latino graduation on May 21, is one of eight such commencement-related cultural events on campus in April and May.

Among the most diverse universities in the nation, CSULB shows its diversity in many ways all year round. One of the more perceptible ways occurs through a variety of cultural graduation celebrations.

Along with the campus-wide college-based commencement ceremonies that take place over a four-day period (May 23-26) before roughly 70,000 family members and friends, CSULB also holds eight separate graduation events recognizing and celebrating the university’s diversity. Among the campus groups holding celebrations are Pacific Islander; Pilipino; Pan-African; Cambodian; American Indian; Chicano/Latino; Vietnamese; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Queer, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA+) as part of the Lavender Graduation Ceremony; and the Pacific Islander Graduation and Luau, which took place on April 15.

As expected, these individual events are generally more intimate and culturally relevant to each group, with nearly 1,000 students taking part.

CSULB annually ranks among the universities that confer the most degrees to minority students and has been one of the most successful four-year public institutions at reducing opportunity gaps–the difference in graduation rates between typically underrepresented students and the rest of the university–according to a recent report by the Education Trust.

The dates, times and locations of the 2017 cultural celebrations taking place at CSULB are:

Pilipino Graduation Celebration: Saturday, May 20, 11 a.m., University Student Union ballrooms.

Pan-African Graduation Celebration: Saturday, May 20, 2 p.m., Walter Pyramid.

American Indian Graduation Celebration and Alumni Reunion: Saturday, May 20, 6 p.m., University Student Union ballrooms.

Chicano/Latino Graduation Celebration: Sunday, May 21, Walter Pyramid. There will be ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Cambodian Graduation Celebration: Sunday, May 21, 11 a.m., University Student Union ballrooms.

Vietnamese Graduation Celebration: Sunday, May 21, 5 p.m., University Student Union ballrooms.

Lavender (LGBTQIA+) Graduation Celebration: Monday, May 22, 6 p.m., University Student Union ballrooms.

Pacific Islander Graduation Celebration and Luau: was held on April 15.

–Shayne Schroeder