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.
43rd Latinx/e Graduation Class Speaker and MC Application
CLICK HERE TO APPLY! Application is due by February 27th at 12 PM!
If you are interested in being a Class Speaker for the virtual ceremony, you may find the application here: Class Speaker and MC Application
Class Speakers are required to submit an application and undergo an interview with La CASA staff.
43rd Latinx Graduation Invitation
Print these invitations out and invite your family and friends!
- Paper size is 7×5 (landscape invitation)
- Color recommended
- Can be digitally emailed or mailed in an envelope!
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.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
This year it will be held on Thursday, May 11 from 7 PM to 9 PM PST at Cromwell Field at USC University Park Campus.
Any USC student (undergraduate or graduate/doctoral candidate) completing a degree in Summer 2022, Fall 2022, or Spring 2023. 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.
Click this link to see last year’s commemorative 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.
The commemorative book submission is included in the main RSVP form.
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 due on Monday, February 27th! See link above.
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!