Cultural Graduation Celebrations

Members of the University community and general public are invited to take part in or support the graduates by attending any or all of the following graduation celebrations:


The Asian Pacific Islander Graduation Celebration complements the main Commencement in that it specifically acknowledges and celebrates Pacific Islander/Asian American graduates and their families. Friday, May 9, 2014 at 5:30 p.m., The Cooperage

The Black Graduation Celebration is an opportunity for the University to acknowledge the achievements of African-American students, and for the students to thank their families, friends, faculty and mentors. Friday, May 9, 2014 at 5:30 p.m., Ives Hall

The Rainbow Graduation Celebration is a time for the queer, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, intersex, questioning, same-gender-loving people and their friends, family, and allies to come together to celebrate the accomplishments of the last year and to recognize those moving on to the next chapter in their lives. Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 5:00 p.m., Student Center, Ballroom D

The Raza Graduation Celebration honors students of Native American, Latino or Chicano heritage, many of whom are first-generation college grads. This special celebration allows them to personally thank those who have gone out of their way to help them achieve their goal of a college degree. Friday, May 9, 2014 at 5:30 p.m, Student Center, Ballroom

Group Reception on Friday, May 9, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. in the Student Center, Ballroom

The group reception this year is a first for all of the four cultural graduation ceremonies. The reception will include all the graduates from the four ceremonies, family and friends, and faculty and staff who wish to attend. The HUB and the coordinators are wanting to create a time for all to have the chance to attend an event without having to rush between all the ceremonies. The group reception will highlight various performance groups that have representation from all the different ethnicities here at Sonoma State. During the group reception we will be having food created by Chef Eric Lee that will feature the cultural backgrounds of the students and families that attend the graduation.

Questions may be directed to Kelly Hodgins, Programming Assistant - The HUB