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Graduation Events Honor UC Merced's Rich Diversity

April 25, 2018
Graduating students listen to a speaker during commencement.
Several groups at UC Merced host graduation events that allow students and their family members and friends to celebrate their graduation while commemorating diversity.

Commencement is one of the biggest events – if not the biggest – in a student’s academic career. It’s a time-honored tradition that recognizes students’ scholarly achievements and marks the beginning of the next phase of their academic and professional journeys.

At UC Merced, several groups also host cultural celebrations to honor grads. These events complement the campus’s traditional commencement by lauding students’ accomplishments and their identities. They also offer opportunities for students and their family members and friends to celebrate this significant milestone while commemorating UC Merced’s rich diversity.

The following events are scheduled. Registration is required for students to participate.

UndocBobcat Reception
Friday, May 11
4:30 to 7 p.m.
Student Services Building Courtyard
Registration deadline is midnight, Thursday, April 26. Sign up here .
For more information, contact Program Coordinator Ariana Mora Mero .

2018 Lavender Graduation Reception
Saturday, May 12
4 to 6:30 p.m.
Solar Breezeway of Science and Engineering Building 2
Queer and trans graduating students who want to participate must RSVP by Sunday, April 29
Guests who would like to attend must RSVP by Sunday, April 29 .
For more information, email Lambda Alliance .

Chicanx/Latinx Commencement
Saturday, May 12
3 p.m.
The Art Kamangar Center at The Merced Theatre
Register here by midnight, Thursday, April 26, to participate
For more information, contact Alex Delgadillo .

Black Student Commencement
Saturday, May 12
7 p.m.
The Art Karmangar Center at The Merced Theatre
Registration is closed for this event.

Pilipino American Alliance Cultural Celebration
Saturday, May 12
2 to 4 p.m.
Classroom and Office Building 2 Plaza
For more information, email the Pilipino American Alliance .