La Raza Graduation Ceremony

 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak and President Smatresk's latest mandate, we canceled our identity based graduations for Spring 2020. Students who registered for the ceremony will receive an email with details on when and how to pick up their stoles. Please follow us on social media for updates regarding future graduations!

The Multicultural Center collaborates with numerous departments, in addition to cultural and ethnic student groups, to coordinate culturally-based graduation ceremonies that complement the University’s commencement celebrations. These cultural celebrations acknowledge the value and uniqueness of underrepresented student experiences and serves to commemorate and highlight the accomplishments of individuals within a familial and cultural context.

 

*** Please note that registration will automatically close once we reach capacity. After receiving your registration we will contact you to confirm your attendance and give you further details about the event.***

 

La Raza Graduation is a bilingual graduation celebration that features traditions of Latino identities. The ceremony includes various Latino cultural elements and graduates are given the opportunity to publicly thank individuals who have helped them throughout their educational career. La Raza Graduation is a chance for friends and family to join students in celebrating their success at navigating the challenges of college in the spirit of Latino culture.

La Raza Graduation Celebration was originally created by Latino students, staff, and faculty at University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1973. It was a proactive strategy to restore pride, heritage, and sense of purpose to Latino students.

Today, La Raza Graduation has spread to many campuses. At the University of North Texas (UNT), the first-ever Raza Graduation occurred in 2012. It was organized by a small group of committed individuals from a student organization called MUEVE who formed partnerships with faculty, students, and staff to organize the event. The Multicultural Center has adopted the graduation as part of their yearly programming and works directly with a student led planning committee.

 

Multicultural Graduations FAQ​

When and where is the Raza ceremony?

Information for next year's ceremony will be posted in Spring 2021!

Who can participate in the Multicultural Graduations?
Any UNT student (undergraduate or graduate) who will be graduating in Spring 2020 can participate. We provide stoles for the following identities:

  • Multicultural Stoles – Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian, Multiracial identities, etc.
  • Kente Stoles (People of Nia) – African, African American, Black identities
  • Serape Stoles (La Raza) – Hispanic/Latinx identities

Do I need to fill out an application/register to participate?
Yes! The registration form serves to inform the graduation committees who to include in their programs, how many students to expect, etc. While we would like to provide a stole and celebrate every graduating senior, stoles are limited so please register early!

Where can I find a registration form?
Spring registration information can be found below!

Do I still need to apply for graduation with the Registrar’s Office?
Yes. This is NOT an application for graduation. It is an application for identity based graduation ceremonies that complement the University’s commencement celebrations.

How many guests may I invite?
As many as you like!

What does it cost?
What does it cost? Nothing! It is FREE for you, your family, and friends.

What if I am graduating in the Fall?
While the Multicultural Center only hosts identity based graduation ceremonies during the Spring semester, those graduating in December can still purchase a stole at: https://www.midwestglobalgroup.com/

There are a variety of options for purchasing stoles and students are not required to use the same vendor as the MC.

Who can I speak to if I have questions?
If you have any questions please feel free to email us at multicultural@unt.edu.

 

Please check back for Spring 2021 registration info!