Each year, the cultural centers host culture and identity-based graduation celebrations to honor students from historically marginalized groups.
The ceremonies are a way to recognize the impact these students have had on CPP, their local communities and around the world.
“These celebrations also provide a space for students and their family members/supporters to reflect on accomplishments, celebrate the richness, diversity, and history of their communities, and acknowledge those who have supported them along their journey,” Senior Associate Vice President and Dean of Students Jonathan Grady said. “As the institution strives toward a goal of inclusive excellence, it must continue to be wholly grounded in values of equity, justice, and social responsibility and recognize the contributions and victories of historically marginalized groups in intentional, authentic, and loving ways.”
Below is a list of when and where each cultural center is hosting their celebrations. Students may register for one or more celebrations using this link: https://calpolypomona.campuslabs.com/engage/events?query=cultural%20graduations
Womxn of Distinction Celebration
Wednesday, May 17 | 6 to 8 p.m.
Bronco Student Center, Ursa Minor
Student Identity Development and Education Coordinator Ariana M. Estrada, Womxn’s Resource Center
Lavender Graduation Celebration
Thursday, May 18 | 6 to 8 p.m.
Bronco Student Center, Ursa Major
Student Identity Development & Education Coordinator Joshua Salazar, Pride Center
Native American Graduation Celebration
Friday, May 19 | 6 to 8 p.m.
Interim Coordinator Alex “Panda” Armendariz, Native American Student Center
Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Graduation Celebration
Saturday, May 20 | 10:00 a.m. to Noon
Student Retention Coordinator Lylannie Ducut, Asian and Pacific Islander Student Center
Pan-African Graduation Celebration
Saturday, May 20 | 4 to 6 p.m.
African American Student Retention Coordinator Derick Prince, African American Student Center
Raza Graduation Celebration
Sunday, May 21 | 3 to5 p.m.
Visit the commencement website for a listing of all graduation celebrations for cultural and affinity groups.