The University of Nevada, Reno Multicultural Center’s Affinity Graduate Celebrations will be held next month starting May 1 to 17, 2023. These celebrations are held each spring prior to the University's Spring Commencement ceremonies.
Unique to this spring's events, the Multicultural Center will highlight student voices by inviting a select group of graduating students to participate as keynote speakers for each celebration.
“We want to highlight those students who have been involved at the University during their time here and served as leaders on our campus and within our communities,” the Multicultural Center Assistant Director Markie Wilder said.
These events will highlight and honor the students from each unique graduation celebration in front of their family and friends with light refreshments offered at the end of each celebration.
Graduating students participating will be honored with different stoles and/or cords that commemorate the different cultures, backgrounds and communities they each belong to. For example, the Asian Pacific Islander Graduate Celebration will include handmade leis for graduates. The Joe Crowley Student Union (JCSU) also provides a gift for each graduate.
The details for the Affinity Graduate Celebrations are as follows:
The Middle Eastern & North African Graduate Celebration will be held on Monday, May 1, at 6 p.m. in the JCSU Great Room.
The Indigenous Graduate Celebration will be held on Thursday, May 4, at 6 p.m. in the JCSU Ballrooms.
The Latinx Graduate Celebration will be held on Friday, May 5, at 6 p.m. in the JCSU Ballrooms.
The Asian Pacific Islander Graduate Celebration will be held on Monday, May 8, at 6 p.m. in the JCSU Ballrooms.
The Black Diaspora Graduate Celebration will be held on Friday, May 12, at 6 p.m. in the JCSU Ballrooms.
The Lavender Graduate Celebration will be held on Wednesday, May 17, at 6 p.m. in the Joe Crowley Student Union Theater.
More information about the Spring 2023 Affinity Graduate Celebrations can be found on the Multicultural Center’s Instagram @TheCenterNV.