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LATINX GRADUATION

Established in 1980, the Latinx Graduation honors 200 graduating students’ personal and academic achievements. The Latinx Graduation is open to all graduating USC students (including undergraduate, graduate/doctoral candidates) completing a degree in the spring, summer of fall term.

This bilingual celebration is the most anticipated event of the year and is dedicated to our hardworking graduating students, and their friends and families. This special celebration gives graduating students 20 seconds during the ceremony to publicly thank those who have helped them throughout their educational careers.

Commemorative Book Photo Submission

 

Keep an eye out for more information regarding our graduation commemorative book! 

Submit a head and shoulders photograph using a high-resolution (300 dpi). Submission details TBD.

Group Pictures Submission

42nd Annual Graduation Recap!

Thank you to everyone who came to our 42nd Annual Latinx Graduation Ceremony! Gracias a todos los que vinieron a nuestra ceremonia de graduacion!

Please enjoy this video showing our graduation ceremony, dancers, mariachi performance, and many of our graduates and speakers.

We hope you enjoy!

 

Congratulations Class of 2022! Here is a digital copy of our 42nd Latinx Graduation Commemorative Book!

                                                                                                                                      Click the image below to listen to the podcast!

Interview with George Pla!

La CASA is so proud to have the support of USC Alumn George Pla. Mr. George Pla is a successful entrepreneur, philanthropist and author, and a co-founder of the USC Latino Alumni Association. He is the Founder and CEO of Cordoba Corporation, a nationally recognized engineering firm, whose innovative leadership was the subject of a Harvard Business School case study.

A life-time Trojan, George Pla’s connection to USC runs deep and spans close to five decades. In fact, the entire Pla family are Trojans. George met his wife Gail at USC, and later their son and daughter also graduated from this esteemed institution.
George is a member of the USC Widney Society and the USC Scholarship Club. He is a USC Presidential Associate, and serves on the Board of Councilors for Price School of Public Policy and the USC Viterbi School – Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

For his philanthropy and community service, he has been honored by USC with the “Alumnus of the Year Award” and, is also a 2019 “Price Pioneer” for exemplary professional leadership and dedication to diversity.

George is a Trustee of the California Science Center Foundation, where he chaired Cordoba Corporation’s historic transport of the Space Shuttle Endeavour through the streets of Los Angeles.

Appointed by Governor Newsom, Mr. Pla is currently the President of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, host of the 2028 LA Summer Olympic Games.

George Pla is the co-author of the formative book on Latino politics, Power Shift – How Latinos in California Transformed Politics in America which recounts the history of Latino political empowerment in California and beyond.

The California Latino Legislative Caucus presented George with the distinguished Latino Spirit Award in the State Capitol for his achievements in business and philanthropy.

Mayte Carrillo from Annenberg Media hosted a podcast with La CASA’s Center Supervisor, Leticia Delgado! The two discussed the importance and tradition of the Latinx Graduation Celebration. Click the link in the header above to have a listen and learn more about the most anticipated cultural event of the year, the Latinx Graduation Celebration.

43rd Latinx Graduation RSVP

Keep an eye out on our website and newsletter for more information about the 43rd Annual Latinx Graduation RSVP!

La CASA will be collecting group photos from your memories at USC. We will be using these photos to complete collages in the Commemorative Book. Individual pictures will not be accepted, we are looking for group pictures that highlight the experiences of Latinx/e graduating students.

If you would like to be featured, submit your group photos by TBD.

Note: This is an optional submission. Students are not required to submit group photos, but it is an opportunity open to those who would want to be featured in the collage portion of the Commemorative Book. Additionally, we cannot guarantee that all photos submitted will be included due to the limited space of the book.

Please email lacasa@usc.edu with any questions of concerns. Submission details will be posted closer to the graduation date in 2023.

Graduation Invitation

Print these invitations out and invite your family and friends!

Notes/Instructions:

  • Paper size is 8.5×11 (average copy paper)
  • Color recommended
  • Print double-sided
  • Fold in half after printing

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This year it will be held on TBD.

Any USC student (undergraduate or graduate/doctoral candidate) completing a degree in Spring, Summer, or Fall 2022. Although this ceremony does have a cultural emphasis, it is open to all USC students.

Participation is FREE.

Similar to a yearbook, the Commemorative Book serves as a directory for Latinx graduates with photos and personalized messages. Every graduate that completes the registration form, will be featured in the book. 

The Commemorative Book is free to all graduating students. This year, graduates have the opportunity to request an E-Book or a physical copy of the book that will be shipped to them directly. Each graduate is limited to 1 Commemorative Book order.

In order for your picture to be included in the commemorative book, you must complete the Graduation Registration form, and then complete the photo submission form. In the form, you will be asked to upload a picture of yourself (with 300 dpi)  in addition to a personalized blurb/bio. The form must be submitted by TBD.

 We encourage all graduates to wear their academic regalia (cap & gown) for this event.

Two graduates will serve as MC for the evening. All graduates are eligible to apply. Finalists will audition for the Graduate committee. 

One graduate will address the class and audience with a 4-6 minute speech. 

Application is now closed

 Latinx Cultural Sash (White satin sash, yellow trim, serape and the La CASA logo).

You are more than welcome to wear any USC sashes and graduation regalia. You do not need to purchase a sash to participate in the Latinx Graduation. 

You must pre-order and pay for the sash by Monday, February 28th by end of business day 5.pm. However, this is just the pre-order form. You MUST stop by La CASA (Student Union, Suite 402) to pay for the sash. 

Sashes will cost $30

We ONLY accept CASH or CHECK. Please make checks payable to USC-La CASA

Pre-order link

The celebration is funded by La CASA, the Latinx/Chicanx Center for Advocacy and Student Affairs in partnership with the Latino Alumni Association. The ceremony is planned by La CASA staff members and the Latinx Graduation Committee; faculty, staff and students.

Absolutely! As long as it is not happening at the same time (most don’t), you should be all clear to participate in both graduations!