Illinois State University offers opportunities for our underrepresented students to celebrate their successes and graduation in an unique way. Currently, four graduate recognition ceremonies are being 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.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 8 p.m. in Old Main, Bone Student Center
MAPS is a celebration of Middle Eastern, Asian, Pacific Islander, and Southeast Asian graduates. For more information, please visit the MAPS Facebook page. MAPS registration is open until Monday, April 29, at 11:55 p.m. Contact Miranda James at vpsamljame2@IllinoisState.edu with any questions.
Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. in Capen Auditorium, Edwards Hall
Nuestros Logros is a celebration of Latinx graduates. For more information, please visit the Nuestros Logros Facebook page. The registration deadline to be guaranteed a graduation stole and signed certificate has passed. You are still welcome to register and participate in the ceremony. Contact Cecilia Montesdeoca at crmonte@IllinoisState.edu with any questions.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 6 p.m. in Prairie Room, Bone Student Center
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. Lavender Graduation registration is open until Friday, May 3, at 11:55 p.m. Contact Violet Benn at vpsatnbenn@IllinoisState.edu for any questions.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 7 p.m. in Brown Ballroom, Bone Student Center
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. Contact Quanisha Kumi-Darfour at qphawki@IllinoisState.edu or Dr. Christa Platt at cdplatt@IllinoisState.edu with any questions.