Cultural Graduate Celebration

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Dear Cal State LA Prospective Graduate,

Congratulations on your academic achievements and for reaching an educational goal you have worked toward for several years – GRADUATION! We are glad that you are participating in the Cultural Graduate Celebrations, sponsored by the Cross Cultural Centers at Cal State LA.

These ceremonies and celebrations are great opportunities to acknowledge your academic achievements, honor your families, communities, and other significant people in your lives, and to celebrate the cultural influences that have contributed to your academic success.

Participation is open to all students who register. We look forward to celebrating your Cal State LA graduation season with you!

If you are graduating in May 2018, stop by the Cross Cultural Centers for information on the four Cultural Grad Celebrations: Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Grad, Black Grad, Queer Pride Grad and Chicanx Latinx Raza Grad.

Applications to participate in the graduate celebrations will be available on Friday, February 2, 2018, through March 29, 2018, by Or until participant spaces are filled whichever comes first. We reserve the right to end registration.

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To participate in the cultural grad celebration and to proceed further when applications open on February 2nd, the following will be required:

  1. 2x2 inch photo for upload
    • Starting on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, the Cross Cultural Centers will have caps and gowns available for same day LOAN so that students can take their picture in the center or elsewhere on campus.
    • The Cross Cultural Centers is open Monday through Thursday from 8AM to 7PM and on Friday from 8AM to 5PM.
  2. Acknowledgement 75 word statement
    • Please note, the acknowledgement statement DOES NOT need to be written in English
  3. Method of payment
    • Online payments through paypal (credit card or PayPal account) accepted only
    • Cost: $50.00 Plus $1.80 processing fee.

Acknowledgement


75 words or less; below you will find an example; we encourage you to personalize your own acknowledgements.

Sample Acknowledgement:

"I would like to thank my parents for their support and encouragement through my long journey at Cal State LA Without my family and friends, I would not have accomplished all my goals. I would also like to thank all my professors for pushing me to work harder. I am grateful for all the wonderful memories and great friends I made at this university, and I will keep striving for the next big thing."

Cultural Grad Photo Requirements

Sample photos and diagram
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  • You MUST provide 1 photo with each application
  • Color or Black & White
  • Professional attire
  • Cap and gown preferred
    • The Cross Cultural Centers will have caps and gowns available for same day LOAN to students, for them to take their picture in the center or somewhere on campus.
    • Caps and Gowns will be available for use starting Wednesday, January 24th, 2018.
  • Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
  • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera (no selfie)
  • The head is about 1 inch from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head (see diagram)
  • Photo submitted will not be returned
  • Digital photo needs to be in high resolution quality at least 200dpi
  • File size at least 1MB
  • Dimension of the photo is 2” x 2” or 600 x 600 pixels
  • Your picture should be save as a jpeg, png, pdf or tiff only, no other format will be accepted.
  • Upload file as "LastName.FirstName.jpeg". Ex: "SMITH.JOHN.jpeg"

Cultural Grad Information

Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Grad Celebration

Saturday, May 19, 2018   |  
Location: Los Angeles Room ABC, 3rd Floor, U-SU

The Asian Pacific Islander American Desi Grad Celebration is a culturally-focused ceremony that celebrates Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American communities.

Please make sure you have all have all three items on the Application Checklist above ready. #CalStateLAapidaGrad #APIDAatCalStateLA

The fee to participate in the APIDA Grad Celebration is $50.00 (plus $1.80 online processing fee) that includes:
  • Program book with photo and acknowledgements
  • Certificate
  • An elegant sash
  • Seating for the graduate plus reserved seating for 5 guests
  • A reception with light refreshments

Black Grad Celebration

Sunday, May 20, 2018   |   Time:
Location: Luckman Fine Arts Complex

The 31th Annual Celebration of Black Graduates, sponsored by the Pan African Student Resource Center, is a ceremony that celebrates the achievements of graduates of the Black/African diaspora.

Please remember to have your 2x2 inch photo for submission, 75 word acknowledgement statement with your CIN and payment. Please note that we only accept PayPal payment online. #CalStateBlackGrad #BlackAtCalStateLA

The fee to participate in the Black Grad Celebration is $50.00 (plus $1.80 online processing fee) includes:
  • Five(5) Graduate Celebration program books with photo and acknowledgements
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • Graduate Celebration sash
  • Ten (10) tickets for 10 guests (In the Luckman Fine Arts Complex)

Queer Pride Grad Celebration

Thursday, May 17, 2018   |   Time:
Location: University-Student Union

We are excited to present the 13th Queer PRIDE Graduate Celebration. is a ceremony that celebrates the achievements of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Two-spirit, Asexual graduates.

Please remember to have your 2x2 inch photo for submission, 75 word acknowledgement statement with your CIN and payment. Please note that we only accept PayPal payment online. #CalStateLAPrideGrad #QueerAtCalStateLA #LGBTatCalStateLA

The fee to participate in the Queer Pride Grad Celebration is $50.00 (plus $1.80 online processing fee) includes:
  • Graduate Celebration Sash
  • Program book with photo and acknowledgements
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • Reception with entertainment, light refreshments and beverages
  • Seating for the graduate plus reserved seating for 6 guests.

We can accept 30 student participants in the Pride Grad Celebration. Participation is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration fees are non-refundable.

Chicanx/Latinx Raza Grad Celebration

Sunday, May 20, 2018   |  
Location: Luckman Fine Arts Complex

The Raza Grad Celebration is a culturally focused ceremony that celebrates Chicanx/Latinx communities.

Please remember to have your 2x2 inch photo for submission, 75 word acknowledgement statement with your CIN and payment. Please note that we only accept PayPal payment online. #CalStateLARazaGrad #clsrcFamilia #clsrcCultura

The fee to participate in the Chicanx Latinx Raza Grad Celebration is $50.00 (plus $1.80 online processing fee) includes:
  • Five (5) graduate books with photo and acknowledgments
  • Certificate
  • An elegant sash
  • Eight (8) tickets for 8 guests (assigned seats in the Luckman Fine Arts Complex)
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CCC OFFICE HOURS
Mon - Thu : 8:00am - 7:00pm
Fri : 8:00am - 5:00pm
Sat - Sun : Closed
5154 State University Drive
Room 206, U-SU
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Phone: 323-343-5001
Fax: 323-343-5101


OFFICE HOURS
Mon - Fri : 8:00am - 5:00pm
Sat - Sun : Closed
5154 State University Drive
Room 206, U-SU
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Phone: 323-343-5001
Fax: 323-343-5101
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