VCU 2017 Graduation Ceremonies

Virginia Commonwealth University December 2016, Spring 2017 and Summer 2017 graduates have three unique graduation ceremony options: Lavender Graduation, VCU Latinx Achievement Ceremony and Donning of the Kente Ceremony.

Read below to learn more about these ceremonies and if you are interested in participating:

Lavender Graduation: Celebrate Your Seasons

On Friday, April 28, 2017, VCU will hold its sixth annual Lavender Graduation, a ceremony that celebrates the achievements of graduating LGBTQIA+ students and their allies. All students who participate will receive a rainbow cord to wear with their academic regalia during Commencement activities. Attendance is free for students and up to three guests.
The ceremony will take place in the Academic Learning Commons in Room 1107 from 6-7 p.m. A reception will follow in the Academic Learning Commons from 7-8 p.m.
To participate, please register by Tuesday, April 18 at https://www.support.vcu.edu/event/lavender.

You can read more about last year’s Lavender Graduation here.

Cultural Achievement Ceremonies

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will be sponsoring their second year of Cultural Achievement Ceremonies for Latino/a and black undergraduate and graduate students.

VCU Latinx Achievement Ceremony
The VCU Latinx Achievement Ceremony celebrates the accomplishments of Hispanic and Latinx undergraduate and graduate students. This ceremony provides students with a rewarding opportunity to recognize their accomplishments and the unending support and encouragement received from family members. Each graduate receives a commemorative stole that they can wear during Commencement to symbolize those accomplishments. Family and friends are welcome, and the event is open to all students. The ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 11 at 2 p.m. in the Commonwealth Ballroom of the University Student Commons.
For information on how to register for this event, please visit omsa.vcu.edu.

Donning of the Kente Ceremony

The Donning of the Kente Ceremony serves as a celebration of achievement for black students and provides them with a positive and rewarding experience that recognizes hard work, dedication and perseverance. Each graduate receives a Kente stole to wear during Commencement that symbolizes their academic achievement. Family and friends are invited, and the event is open to all students. The ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 11 at 5 p.m. in the Commonwealth Ballrooms of the University Student Commons.
For information on how to register for this event, please visit omsa.vcu.edu.

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