LATINX
GRADUATE CELEBRATION

Established in 1980, the Latinx Graduate Celebration honors 200 graduating students’ personal and academic achievements. The Latinx Graduate Celebration 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. The Latinx Graduate Celebration is open to all graduating USC students (including undergraduate, graduate/doctoral candidates) completing a degree in the spring, summer or fall term. This special celebration gives graduating students 20 seconds during the ceremony to publicly thank those who have helped them throughout their educational careers.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This year it will be held on Thursday, May 13th, 2021 (time TBD). The ceremony will be pre-recorded and provided to students the day of our graduation ceremony.

Any USC student (undergraduate or graduate/doctoral candidate) completing a degree in Spring, Summer, or Fall 2021. Although this ceremony does have a cultural emphasis, it is open to all USC students.

Absolutely. We recognize that not everyone of Latin American descent identifies as Chicanx. However, the first students who organized the event did, and out of appreciation for history and those who came before us, we keep the term in the title of the event.

Participation is FREE.

We ask that you register here: https://tinyurl.com/LaCASAGradRegistration by Monday, March 29th at 11:59pm. By registering, you will also be guaranteed to be featured in the Commemorative Book.

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 here: https://tinyurl.com/LaCASAGradRegistration. 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 Monday, March 29th at 11:59pm. You will also be able to place your Commemorative Book order through this registration form.

Even though the celebration will be virtual, we encourage all graduates to wear their academic regalia (cap & gown) while viewing the ceremony!

Two graduates will address the class and audience with a 4-6 minute speech. Graduates wishing to speak must submit an application here: https://tinyurl.com/ClassSpeakerApp by Monday, March 29th at 11:59pm. Finalists will audition/be interviewed by La CASA staf. Two speakers will be selected, and they will be tasked with pre-recording their speech for the virtual ceremony with the help of La CASA Staff.

La CASA will no longer be providing ethnic sashes to purchase for graduating students. If you are interested in adding personalized ethnic designs to your graduation sash (Ex. Serape Tips), you may do so through the USC Bookstore’s website here: https://pridesash.com/builder/step/1?USC

The celebration is funded by La CASA, the Latinx/Chicanx Center for Advocacy and Student Affairs. The ceremony is planned by La CASA staff members, which includes the center’s administrators and student workers.