Illinois State University offers opportunities for our underrepresented students to celebrate their successes and graduation in an unique way. Four graduate recognition ceremonies are offered to our students. These ceremonies are celebrations of the accomplishments and successes of our students, which are separate from the traditional commencement ceremonies. Participation in these ceremonies is completely voluntary and does not take the place of University Commencement.
Any graduating student is welcome to participate in these events. Registration is required to participate. We look forward to creating a unique space that celebrates the completion of degrees and certificates to graduates with the support of families, friends, faculty, and staff.
MAPS is a celebration of Middle Eastern, Asian, Pacific Islander, and Southeast Asian graduates. For more information, please visit the MAPS Facebook page.
Nuestros Logros is a celebration of Latinx graduates. For more information, please visit the Nuestros Logros Facebook page.
Lavender Graduation is a celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and ace-identified graduates. For more information, please visit the Lavender Graduation Facebook page.
A celebration for Illinois State students of African descent and from the African diaspora. This celebration is sponsored by the Umoja Community Forum, a coalition of Black faculty, staff, alumni, and students. Umoja is a celebration of Black graduates. For more information, please visit the Umoja Facebook page or Umoja website.