Cultural + Academic Graduation Celebrations

Certain student groups and departments host special celebrations for their graduating students. These celebrations are not organized by the Commencement Office, please contact the appropriate office or person in charge of the celebration with questions.

Chicanx/Latinx Graduation Celebration

Saturday, May 4 at 10am, Main Gym

Contact: Vanessa Varko Fontana
BaySync Event Page: Chicanx Latinx Graduation Celebration 2024

Register Here by April 20, 2024

Black Graduation Celebration

Saturday, May 4 at 3pm, Main Gym

Contact: Erika Williams
BaySync Event Page: Black Graduation Celebration 2024

Register Here by April 21, 2024

Asian Pacific Islander Graduation Celebration

Sunday, May 5 at 10am, UU/MI Lawn

Contact: Irene Bangi
BaySync Event Page: API Graduation Celebration 2024

Register Here by April 25, 2024

Lavender Graduation Celebration

Sunday, May 5 at 3pm, South UU-MPR AB

Contact: Janelle Gayac
BaySync Event Page: Lavender Graduation Celebration 2024

Register Here by April 19, 2024

Frequently Asked Questions

Cultural Graduation Celebrations are held in addition to the official university commencement ceremonies. Cultural Graduation Celebrations provide students the opportunity to publicly thank and honor the people who helped them on their journey. The ceremonies are facilitated through partnerships with students, faculty, and staff to honor the diversity of our students, acknowledge their identities, and commemorate successful college careers.

To register for a Cultural Graduation Celebration, you will need to complete the registration form on BaySync for the cultural graduation you would like to participate in. Links will be posted on this page once registration opens.

Chicanx/Latinx Graduation Celebration

$75.00 - Early Registration March 13 - April 5
$90.00 - Regular Registration April 6 - April 20

Black Graduation Celebration

$70.00 - Early Registration March 19 - April 2
$80.00 - Regular Registration April 3 - April 21

Asian Pacific Islander Graduation Celebration

$20.00 - Registration Fee

Lavender Graduation Celebration

There is no Registration Fee for Lavender Graduation Celebration

**Note: Registration will close once the event registration meets capacity**

You MUST submit BOTH your registration application AND pay the registration fee to participate in the cultural graduation ceremony. The fees for cultural graduations must be paid on CASHNet after you have submitted your registration on BaySync.

Pay for your Cultural Graduation Celebration Fee: > click on "Cultural Graduation Celebrations 2024" > click on the cultural grad you are participating in > "Registration" > complete registration payment information

Stoles are included in the registration fee for the cultural graduation celebration.

No, you can participate in as many cultural graduation ceremonies as you like. However, you will need to register for each cultural grad separately and pay the fee for each graduation celebration ceremony.

No, you can participate in University Commencement and as many cultural graduation celebrations as you like.

Check back with the cultural graduation committee leads. Each cultural graduation celebration will typically only order enough stoles for those participating in the cultural grad celebration.

Regalia is required for the Black, Chicanx/Latinx, & Asian Pacific Islander Graduation Celebrations. The Lavender Graduation Celebration does not require you to wear your regalia.


No, you do not need tickets for your guests to attend. The cultural graduation celebrations are more intimate ceremonies so you can bring as many friends, family members, and loved ones as you like to celebrate your accomplishments!*

** Note: Chicanx/Latinx Graduation Celebration limits 10 guests per graduate participating. Check with the cultural grad committee lead for more information.