Multicultural Graduation Celebrations

Multicultural Graduation Celebrations

About the Celebrations

The Multicultural Graduation Celebrations are three empowering culturally-based ceremonies which celebrate the graduation and academic success of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic students at Texas A&M University. Students who participate in one of the ceremonies have the ability to highlight their individual accomplishments, celebrate and honor their cultural heritage and history with their family, friends, and the campus community. Each cultural ceremony will feature speakers, performances and will have a presentation of graduates where each participant will receive a cultural stole, which can also be worn at commencement. 

Hosted by Asian Presidents’ Council, Black Student Alliance Council, and the Hispanic Presidents’ Council, the Celebrations are comprised of three cultural ceremonies dedicated to each respective historically underrepresented racial/ethnic student populations: Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA), Black/African American, and Hispanic/Latinx/a/o. 

To join the celebration and recognition of Class of 2021 achievements and contributions, please scroll down for COVID-19 preventative measures, and other pertinent information or contact Thomas Nguyễn.

Registration 

Students graduating in the spring, summer, and fall of 2021 are eligible to register. Spots will be on a first-come, first-serve basis through the completion of the RSVP form and the $30 payment. The $30 payment to the ceremony includes a stole of your choice. To register, follow the links below to your preferred celebration.

APIDA Graduation Celebration

Wednesday, April 14, at 6 pm
MSC 2300 (Bethancourt Ballroom) 

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Black Graduation Celebration

Friday, April 16, at 6 pm
MSC 2300 (Bethancourt Ballroom)

Register Here

LatinX Graduation Celebration

Sunday, May 09, at 3:00 pm
Rudder Auditorium

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Started in 2018 from growing student interests and alignment of campus initiatives with peer institutions, the Asian Presidents’ Council, Black Student Alliance Council, and the Hispanic Presidents’ Council, held the first Multicultural Graduation at Texas A&M University. The Multicultural Graduation was founded on the need and intentions of creating a formal space for our multicultural graduates to celebrate and honor their cultural heritage and history with their family, friends, and the campus community. It was also the same year that the LatinX Graduation was founded by a collection of student organizations and campus partners.

In 2021, the Multicultural Graduation Celebration transitioned to three cultural ceremonies dedicated to each respective historically underrepresented racial and ethnic student population: the inaugural Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Graduation Ceremony, the inaugural Black Graduation Ceremony, the 3rd annual LatinX Graduation Ceremony.

Each graduate will receive a stole for the cultural group that they choose to identify. View each stole below.

APIDA Stole

This stole was designed by the 2018 APC Board with hopes of being inclusive to all of the cultures and ethnicity within the APIDA community. The designs on the stole represent distinct textile patterns that are unique to the various regions in Asia and symbolizes the diverse culture, history, traditions, and experiences within the APIDA community. The colors maroon and silver are to represent Texas A&M University.

View Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi American (APIDA) Stole

Kente Stole

Since at least the mid to late 1970s, many African American graduates wear a kente cloth, derived from the Ghanian textile cloth that is usually worn by Kings and Queens, over their graduation robes. The kente stole represents the graduates’ pride in their African heritage, and their pride in their accomplishment of graduating. The 2018 BSAC Board decided to use the Adinkra (A-DIN-KRA) symbol, Nea Onnim No Sua A Ohu, on the bottom of the stole to represent Lifelong Learning and boundless knowledge. The color maroon was to represent Texas A&M University.

View Kente Stole

Sarape Stole

The Sarape stole designed by the 2018 HPC Board is in a traditional sarape pattern. It portrays a traditional shawl from Mexico and is typically used as a graduation stole worn by Latinx college graduates. The color maroon was to represent Texas A&M University.

View Sarape Stole

Each graduation celebration will be a hybrid model of virtual and in-person attendance.

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