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2023 Cultural Graduate Celebrations

Dear Cal State LA Prospective Graduate,

Congratulations on your academic achievements and for reaching graduation! We are glad that you are interested in participating in this year's Cultural Graduate Celebrations sponsored by the Cross Cultural Centers at Cal State LA

APIDA Graduate Celebration

May 20, 2023
Asian, Pacific Islander, South Asian, Desi-American

Black Graduate Celebration

May 21, 2023
Black, African-American, Pan-African Diaspora

Nuestra Graduate Celebration

May 21, 2023
Chicana/o, Latina/o, Central American, South American

Pride Graduate Celebration

May 19, 2023
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, Asexual + Community

Applications are open until: March 17, 2023 by EOD, or until sold out


All graduating students (of all degree types, Bachelors, Masters, EdD) who are interested are welcome to apply. Priority is given to Spring 2023 graduates, but Fall 2022 graduates are welcome to apply as well.


These celebrations are supplemental to University Commencement and are great opportunities to acknowledge your academic achievements, honor your families, communities, and to celebrate the cultural influences and traditions that have contributed to your academic success.


Every student who applies to participate receives the following:

  • A specially curated lineup of speakers and entertainment during the ceremony
  • A uniquely designed graduation sash
  • A program booklet with your picture + 75 word acknowledgement included
  • Tickets for guests (guest ticket amounts may differ for each graduation)
    • APIDA Graduate Celebration - 6 Tickets
    • Black Graduate Celebration - 10 Tickets
    • Nuestra Graduate Celebration - 10 Tickets
    • Pride Graduate Celebration - 6 Tickets


Each celebration has a specific location, time and date. Please see the individual applications for more information.

  • APIDA:
    5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Saturday, May 20, 2023
    State Playhouse Theatre, California State University Los Angeles
  • Black:
    5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Sunday, May 21, 2023
    University Gymnasium, California State University Los Angeles
  • Nuestra:
    12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    Sunday, May 21, 2023
    University Gymnasium, California State University Los Angeles
  • Pride:
    5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Friday, May 19, 2023
    Los Angeles Rooms, CSULA University-Student Union


You deserve to celebrate your achievements with cultural influences that are integral to your being and important to you and your community!


Please read through the application requirements carefully! For the best results, please disable pop-up blockers and complete form in Incognito mode.

Application Checklist

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

  1. 2x2 Inch Photo
    • — The University-Student Union Graffix Department will be taking all photos for Cultural Grad booklets. You will be prompted to schedule your photo appointment right after you submit your application.
    • — Please note: YOU MUST COME FULLY DRESSED PREPARED TO YOUR PHOTO APPOINTMENT, we will not be able to retake photos.
  2. Acknowledgment 75-Word Statement
    • —These 75 words are an opportunity to thank whom you'd like, express joy, mini reflection of what this day means to you!
    • — i.e. "Thanks to my community, we did it!"
    • — Please note: the acknowledgment statement DOES NOT need to be written in English.
  3. Method of payment
    • — Online payments through paypal Icon (credit card or PayPal account) accepted only.
      — You do not need to create a Paypal Account, but doing so may expedite your payment process.
      — Fees:
      • Black Grad $50.00 plus $1.80 processing fee
      • APIDA Grad $50.00 plus $1.80 processing fee
      • Pride Grad $50.00 plus $1.80 processing fee
      • Nuestra Grad $65.00 plus $1.80 processing fee


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

Sample Written Acknowledgment: "I would like to thank my parents for their support and encouragement throughout 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."

NOTE: The acknowledgment DOES NOT need to be written in English

Previous Cultural Graduations

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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

MON - THUR: 8 AM - 7 PM
FRI: 8 AM - 5 PM
5154 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Room 206, 2nd Floor, U-SU
Phone: 323-343-5001
Fax: 323-343-5101