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Senior Recognition Ceremonies
The Office for Multicultural Learning and the Multicultural Student Organizations coordinate a series of senior recognition ceremonies to celebrate the accomplishments of graduating students of color. Graduating seniors are invited to participate in these unique celebrations with their families and friends.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is it?
A Senior Recognition Ceremony is a graduation reception and celebration for all graduating students who identify in a specific ethnicity of Pan Asian, Black, or Chicano/Latino. The ceremony is a more intimate way of celebrating graduation with family and friends, and focuses on the Pan Asian, Black, and Chicano/Latino communities.
What will happen at this event?
The planning committee has put together a Senior Recognition Ceremony that honors the diverse ethnic heritages of the Pan Asian, Black and Chicano/Latino communities. This evening will start with a reception, then proceed with guest speakers, "sashing" of the graduates, and much more!
Is this the actual graduation?
No, a Senior Recognition Ceremony is an opportunity for the community to celebrate your accomplishments and an occasion for you to show appreciation for those who have been instrumental in those accomplishments. The official University-wide Commencement will be held the Saturday after the Senior Ceremony. It will be at the Commencement that you will receive your diploma from the University President. Please contact the University's Commencement Office for details on the University's graduation activities.
What should I wear?
Dress code is business casual, i.e. no ties, no jeans, no flip flops. You do not need to, nor should you wear your cap and gown.
How many guests can I bring?
Because we have limited capacity and want all seniors to have the opportunity to bring up to 4 guests, we can only guarantee a spot for 4 guests per senior. If you have more guests in your party, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll put them on a waiting list.
Can I invite my teachers and staff members?
The committee is sending out invitations to many but not all the faculty and staff so we suggest that you personally contact the faculty or staff members you want to attend. they will also need to RSVP by the specified deadline.
Will dinner be served?
Light appetizers will be served.
How long will the event last?
Approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. For more details click in the specific ceremony's website.
If I can't make my specific Senior Ceremony, can I still have a sash?
Yes, for $10 you can purchase a sash if you cannot attend your specific Senior Ceremony.
Because there are limited number of sashes, we give priority to the students who will be attending the ceremony. We ask that you email email@example.com before May 29th and you will be able to pick up your sash on a first come first serve basis on June 5, between 10am - 12pm & 1pm - 4pm.
What happens if I have missed the May 29th deadline to RSVP?
If you miss the May 29th deadline, you will be put on a wait list. There's no guarantee that you will get a sash or spot to walk in the ceremony. Please RSVP before May 29th @ 5:00pm to guarantee a sash and spot to walk in the ceremony!
What happens if I RSVP for a ceremony and I don't show up?
You can still pick up a sash from OML for a $20 no show fee on Friday June 12 from 11am - 1pm.
Can I walk in a different ethnic senior ceremony than my own?
We recognize that you may find community with friends that have a different ethnicity than your own, but we also want to acknowledge the importance of celebrating graduation within one's ethnic group. For a fee of $30, you may walk in a different ethnic senior ceremony than you own and receive that ethnicity's sash.
Who do I contact if I have more questions?
You can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.