What is a Multicultural Graduation Celebration?
The Multicultural Graduation Celebration is an empowering culturally-based program that was created to complement the university’s commencement. The ceremony celebrates academic success and highlights the individual accomplishments of historically underrepresented (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA), Black/African American, and Hispanic/Latinx/a/o) students at Texas A&M University. Students who participate in one of the ceremonies are presented a cultural stole, which they can also wear at commencement.
Who can participate?
Any Texas A&M student who is graduating in May, August, or December of 2021.
Is there a cost to participate?
Yes. Participating students will be required to fill out an RSVP form and pay a $30 fee to attend both in-person or virtually. The cost will cover a reserved spot at the in-person celebration, a cultural stole of their choice, and include a provided link to the virtual celebration.
How can I register?
Please follow the maroon buttons listed above the preferred celebration you’d like to attend.
How do I receive my cultural stole?
Cultural Stoles are included in the RSVP and payment of the Multicultural Graduation Celebration. At the end of the RSVP form, there will be a link to select your cultural stole of choice.
When will I receive my cultural stole?
You will receive your stole prior to the ceremony.
Can I register at the event?
No, there won’t be onsite registration.
Can I invite my family?
Yes, you can invite family and friends to one of the ceremonies, but spots are limited. As the event gets closer, more information will come forth as to how many additional guests can attend.
What can I expect during the ceremony?
Each ceremony will feature cultural performances, music, speakers, and presentation of graduates.
What is the attire for the celebrations?
Business casual to cocktail attire or traditional cultural dress and cap and gown can also be worn.
Do I need to have my cap and gown?
No, you do not need your cap and gown.
Will I be celebrated with my cultural community?
Yes, the three different celebrations will be highlighting Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA), Black/African American, and Hispanic/Latinx/a/o.
As a graduating student, can I still participate in the celebration virtually?
Yes, To participate virtually, please still complete the RSVP form and the $30 payment. The $30 payment will include a cultural stole of your choice and opportunities to be a part of the celebration program.
Will the Department of Multicultural Services live stream each celebration to the public?
The Department of Multicultural Services will provide a live stream link to all graduates to share to their friends and family.
Will there be food at the event?
There will be no food at the event.
Do I have to graduate in May in order to participate?
All 2021 (May, August, and December) graduates are eligible to participate.
Will the cultural stoles be available for purchase after the three Multicultural Graduation Celebrations?
Though stoles are in limited supply, they will be available for purchase to students graduating in the Fall 2021 commencement. Details will be available at a later date.
How can I see more from the previous ceremony?
You can read a recap article about the 2019 ceremony written by the Batt here, or view the entire photo album of the ceremony here.