Cultural Graduation Celebrations

For many historically underrepresented and traditionally marginalized students, graduating from college signifies success not only for themselves but also for their family and friends. The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion recognizes the importance of this milestone with annual Cultural Graduation Celebrations coordinated by the HUB Cultural Center in partnership with a committee of students, staff, and faculty. The committee is charged with honoring the diversity of our students, acknowledging their identities, and commemorating a successful college career. These celebrations are meant to complement and not replace the university’s commencement ceremonies.

Cultural Graduation Celebrations provide students the opportunity to publicly thank the people who helped them on their journey. They also honor the importance of overcoming systemic barriers within higher education and affirm the different paths that lead to academic success. Cultural Graduation Celebrations will be live-streamed except for the Native American/Indigenous Graduation because it will be outside.

If you have any questions regarding Cultural Graduation Celebrations contact

Asian/Pacific Islander (API), Middle Eastern (ME) Graduation 

Wednesday, May 17, 2023  | 2:00pm - 3:30pm | Ballrooms B, C, D

Asian/Pacific Islander (API) and Middle Eastern (ME) Graduation is an annual celebration to commemorate the graduation success and achievements of API/ME identified graduating students along with honoring staff, and faculty that have contributed work, community, and service to the Asian/American Desi American Pacific Islander* and Middle Eastern communities at SSU. ​

*This is an acknowledgement that the API name is very limited to the breadth of the unique and vast ethnicities and cultures of the Asian countries and Diaspora, which includes but not limited to: Pacific Islander, South Asian, Southeast Asian, Desi, Desi American, Southwest Asian, Asian, Asian American, Multiracial, Multiethnic, Multinational, Transnational Adoptees, and more.

Rainbow Graduation  

Thursday, May 18, 2023 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm | Ballrooms B, C, D 

Rainbow Graduation honors the achievements of SSU’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) graduating students. The event celebrates LGBTQIA+ students who, through determination and academic achievements, have successfully completed a degree and/or credential and encourages pride and recognition of their identities.

Raza Graduation  

Thursday, May 18, 2023 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm | Green Music Center 

Raza Graduation is a culturally empowering ceremony that celebrates the diversity of the Chicanx/Hispanic/Indigenous/Latinx culture. The celebration is bilingual and brings together family, friends, and community members to honor graduating Latinx students from SSU.

Native American/Indigenous (NAI) Graduation 

Friday, May 19, 2023 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm | Arbor Lakes 

The Native American/Indigenous (NAI) Graduation Celebration is a ceremony to recognize the achievements and successes of all NAI graduating students. We honor the contributions that NAI students, staff, faculty, and the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria are making to our growing community at Sonoma State University. The celebration also pays tribute to graduating students' families and the tribal communities who have contributed to their success. 

*We welcome all students who identify as Native American, American Indian, and/or Indigenous, including and not limited to Alaska Native, Indigenous Hawaiian, and Indigenous Latinx.

Black Graduation 

Friday, May 19, 2023 | 4:00pm - 5:30pm | Person Theatre 

Black Graduation celebrates the brilliance and unapologetic Blackness that is represented within SSU's Black student population. We honor the accomplishments of graduating students who identify within the African Diaspora by highlighting the common experience. The ceremony also pays tribute to graduating students' families and the communities that contributed to their success. 

Community Reception 

Friday, May 19, 2023 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm | Seawolf Plaza

The Community Reception will be a fun event to close out the week of Cultural Graduations. This event is intended to celebrate and honor the rich diversity of the graduating class of 2023! Family, friends, and the SSU community are invited to eat food, listen to music, and be in fellowship. This FREE event is sponsored by the HUB Cultural Center.