Additional Celebratory Events

Black Graduation Ceremony

The Black Student Union’s Annual Black Graduation Ceremony is a celebration that is meant to acknowledge and honor graduates who are part of the African Diaspora for their achievements and accomplishments in completing their degrees. The Black Student Union will host the sixth annual Black Graduation Ceremony on Sunday, April 10, 2022 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the University Commons Multipurpose Room. This year’s event will feature a walk-through ceremony with commemorative photo moments for everyone. Attendees must follow current COVID guidelines.

All graduates who would like to receive a cord and a gift, please complete the form at

Follow the Black Student Union on Instagram for more details and information: @willyp_bsu. If you have any questions, contact Executive Chairperson Tajzh Shuler at


Lavender Graduation Ceremony

The Lavender Graduation Ceremony recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of LGBTQIA+ students and allies who have advanced the University's commitment for an inclusive community. The University will be hosting the second annual live-streamed Lavender Graduation Ceremony on Friday, April 29, 2022 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the University Commons Multipurpose Room. Dinner will be provided. Please RSVP on Pioneer Life.

Lavender Graduation cords and certificates will be presented at the Ceremony. All graduates who would like to receive a complimentary Lavender Graduation cord to wear with graduation regalia, please complete the following form:

For more information, please contact


University Student Honors Awards Ceremony

The University Student Honors Awards Ceremony (sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and the University Honors College) will be held Monday, May 16, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. in Shea Auditorium. This is a University-wide event, and departments and deans from all colleges have selected the student awardees based on outstanding academic excellence. Students who are winning awards at the ceremony will be notified by April 15. For further information, please email or leave a message at 973.720.3657.