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Raza Graduation Celebration 2018

The annual RAZA Graduation Celebration is a cultural event held at the end of the academic year. The program celebrates the success of graduating Chicanx/Latinx students. The celebration is a bilingual and bicultural celebration where family, friends, community members come together to honor graduating Chicanx/Latinx students in the spirit and traditions of the Latino culture.

This year’s Annual Raza Graduation Celebration will take place on Saturday, June 2, 2018, 4:00PM – 6:30PM in the Kellogg Gymnasium.

If you any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Coordinator Angelica Ibarra at aibarra@cpp.edu or 909.869.5035. You may also stop by the César E. Chávez Center for Higher Education, which is located in building 95 (across the campus marketplace). We are open Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

RAZA Graduation Celebration FAQ’s

What is the RAZA Graduation Celebration?

The RAZA Graduation Celebration is a beautiful event that takes place the week before University Commencement. The purpose of the ceremony is to celebrate students' personal success and academic achievements in the spirit and traditions of the Latino culture. The celebration is dedicated to the graduates’ families and is bilingual. The ceremony is open to all graduating students (undergraduate and graduate) and it allows graduates the opportunity to publicly thank those who have helped them throughout their educational careers. Each graduate will have a few seconds on the microphone to address the audience

When and where is the RAZA Graduation Celebration?

This year it will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018, 4:00PM – 6:30PM in the Kellogg Gymnasium. The ceremony will be approximately 2.5 hours long.

Who can participate?

Any Cal Poly Pomona student completing a degree between Fall 2017 and Fall 2018 can participate.

Do I still need to apply for graduation with the Registrar’s Office?

Yes, while you do not need to show proof to the César E. Chávez Center for Higher Education that you have completed all of the university’s graduation procedures to participate in the Raza Graduation Celebration, you still need to check with the Registrar’s Office to learn about the steps that you need to take to apply for graduation. Click on the following link for more information about graduation procedures: http://www.cpp.edu/~registrar/ 

I am NOT Latina/o, may I still participate?

Absolutely! This ceremony is open to all Cal Poly Pomona students, but it does have a cultural atmosphere.

How do I register?

Registration is available on myBAR at https://calpolypomona.collegiatelink.net/form/start/156279 The deadline to apply is Friday, April 20th at 12 midnight. Due to the anticipated large number of student participants, this deadline will be strictly enforced.

What does it cost?

César E. Chávez Center for Higher Education provides the RAZA Graduation Celebration at no cost to participants.

Does EVERY graduate get time on the microphone?

Yes. Each participant will have a few seconds (usually 10 seconds) on the microphone to address the audience and their guests. Graduates usually take this time to thank loved ones. We ask that graduates be respectful of their time as it affects other graduates and the audience. We suggest writing your message on an index card in preparation for the event.

Do I have to use my time on the microphone?

No. If you do not want to speak, you do not have to.

How many guests may I invite?

You may invite as many guests as you like.

Where should they park?

On the day of the celebration, you and your guests can park in the Parking Structure #2, adjacent to the Soccer Field. Please be advised that you and all your guests must have a valid Cal Poly Pomona parking permit or a parking pass. Permits may be purchased at yellow pay stations located in the parking lot. If any of your guests needs accessible parking/accommodations, there are spots available in Parking Structure #2 and there will be carts to transport folks from the parking structure to the gym.

What do I wear?

We ask that you wear your academic regalia (cap & gown) to take the class picture and during the ceremony.

Who plans the celebration?

The celebration is planned by the César E. Chávez Center for Higher Education and by a student committee that meets weekly. If you are interested in learning more about the planning committee, please contact the César E. Chávez Center for Higher Education, at 909.869.5035.

If your question was not answered...

Please contact the César E. Chávez Center for Higher Education at 909.869.5035.