Special Graduation Celebrations

Commencement Celebrations Postponed

To protect the health and safety of everyone in our community, CSUDH is postponing all scheduled spring 2020 events until further notice. We regret the impact this has on our students, faculty, and staff, but look forward to resuming our full roster of events and activities when it is safe to do so.

There are several special graduation celebrations that take place prior to University Commencement that celebrate the accomplishments of students from the university's many diverse communities.

Asian and Pacific Islander Grad Celebration

Contact: apigc@csudh.edu

The Asian and Pacific Islander Graduation Celebration is an annual graduation event that recognizes our recent graduates and their academic and personal accomplishments as they complete their student careers here at CSUDH. The event features distinguished guest speakers and cultural performances that aim to highlight the CSUDH API, Middle Eastern, and South Asian community and foster a sense of belonging and pride as our graduates make their way into pursuits beyond CSUDH. The ceremony also welcomes the graduates’ friends and families who have supported them throughout their years in school and provides a time for members of the campus and community to come out to celebrate, support, and share in the culture and accomplishments of our APIMESA students.

We look forward to seeing you all this year as we reflect on the accomplishments of the past, acknowledge the achievements of the present, and envision the triumphs of the future.

The Asian & Pacific Islander Graduation Celebration is open to all students, regardless of ethnicity.

Dolores Huerta Grad Celebration

Tickets Required

The Dolores Huerta Graduation Celebration provides graduating students, their family, and friends a special ceremony to celebrate their accomplishments at CSUDH. Participation in the celebration is voluntary, but offers a unique opportunity to engage in a fulfilling recognition of their sacrifice and dedication as undergraduate or graduate students.

The celebration is bilingual, in Spanish and English, and consists of a keynote speaker and cultural performances such as Mariachi, Folklore, and Aztec dancers. The graduating participants will receive a certificate and a sash. The Dolores Huerta Graduation Celebration is a combined effort of CSUDH students, staff, Alumni, and departmental support.

The Dolores Huerta Graduation Celebration is open to all students, regardless of ethnicity.

Douglass-Bethune Grad Celebration

Tickets Required
Contact: dbgc@csudh.edu

The Frederick Douglass and Mary McLeod Bethune Graduation Celebration is designed to provide students, family, friends, and the university community with an opportunity to participate in this African-centered program. The celebration acknowledges the scholastic achievements and accomplishments of the graduating students and also recognizes contributions made by those elders in our community who continue to exemplify strong leadership. The Douglass Bethune Graduation Celebration is open to all students, regardless of ethnicity.

Student disAbility Resource Center Grad Celebration

Contact: Student disAbility Resource Center Team at (310) 243-3660 or email dss@csudh.edu.

The Student disAbility Resource Center (SdRC) Graduation Celebration recognize students registered with the SdRC who will be conferred a diploma for completion of their graduate or undergraduate studies for the 2019–20 academic year. The graduates and their guests will have the opportunity to also enjoy light refreshments, entertainment, music, and live performances – FREE OF CHARGE!

The celebration provides a unique opportunity to address the graduates and press upon them to continue to remain connected to the university through activism, alumni events, and financial support. Graduates will also receive a medallion, which can be worn with their graduation regalia.

Students who are registered with the SdRC office, are graduating in the academic year 2019–2020, and would like to participate may call the Student Disability Resource Center Team at (310) 243-3660 or email their interest to dss@csudh.edu.

Native American Graduate Celebration

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Sculpture Garden
Contact: Cheryl McKnight at  cmcknight@csudh.edu or Miami Gelvezon at mgelvezon@csudh.edu.

We are proud to invite you to the Native American Indian Graduation Ceremony to honor our 2020 Graduates as they complete their academic journey at CSUDH.

The ceremony will include an honoring by Tongva/Acjachemen Pipe Carrier and Spiritual Leader Jimi Castillo and takes place during our 10th Annual Native American Indian Pow Wow, Honoring the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas.

The ceremony is an opportunity for our graduates to engage with leaders in the Native community and be inspired to become the next leaders by being models for Native youth.

Veterans Grad Celebration

Contact: Hershell Hardimon at hhardimon@csudh.edu or (310) 243-2829, or DaWayne Denmark at (310) 243-3643

The Veteran Student Graduation Celebration is an annual event that honors the academic achievements of our veteran student population. Our veterans have overcome overwhelming adversity both in the military and in their academic life. This celebration provides an opportunity to highlight the graduating men and women who have served our country.

The program will include dinner, guest speakers, and a presentation of the “veterans medal,” which participants are encouraged to wear at Commencement.

Lavender Grad Celebration

Contact: qcrc@csudh.edu

The Lavender Graduation Celebration at CSUDH recognizes graduating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Asexual/Ally, Two-Spirit students of all races and ethnicities.

The celebration acknowledges our students' academic successes as well as honoring their personal journey and growth. Through such recognition, it is hoped that LGBTQIA2+ graduates will feel encouraged to maintain a connection to the university, the faculty and staff, and their fellow students, and become engaged alumni.

The Lavender Graduation Celebration is open to all students, family, and friends.

Undocumented Student Grad Celebration

The UndocuGrad Celebration provides Undocumented/DACAmented/DREAMer graduating seniors a special ceremony to highlight and celebrate their personal and academic accomplishments at CSUDH. Participation offers a unique opportunity to engage in an intimate setting where families, friends, and mentors who have supported students throughout their CSUDH trajectory can be celebrated, as well.

The celebration includes dinner and guest speakers. Each participants will receive a medal, which graduates are encouraged to wear at Commencement. Each participant will also have one minute on stage to publicly thank anyone in attendance. The UndocuGrad Celebration is a combined effort of CSUDH Toro Dreamers Success Center and Undocumented Student Ally Coalition. The Undocumented Student Graduation Celebration is open to undergraduates and graduate students.

Participation Fee: $0
Number of guests per graduate: 8

CSUDH is proud to acknowledge the scholastic achievements and accomplishments of all the graduating students and all are welcome at these ceremonies.

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