May 25, 2010

Special Graduation Celebrations Celebrate SSU's Diversity

Rainbow Graduation

The Fourth Annual Rainbow Celebration will be held on Thurs., May 27 from 7-9 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room, Student Union.

The Rainbow Graduation Celebration is a time for the queer, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, intersex, questioning, same-gender-loving people and their friends, family, and allies of Sonoma State University to come together to celebrate the accomplishments of the last year and to recognize those moving on to the next chapter in their lives.

The speaker for this event is Rev. Roland Stringfellow who is Coordinator of the Coalition of Welcoming Congregations in the Bay Area of California with the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Sexuality on the campus of Pacific School of Religion.

For further information, contact Julie Greathouse, (707) 664-3305.

La Raza Graduation

Each year graduating Sonoma State University students with Native American, Latino or Chicano heritage gather for La Raza graduation.

This year's 27th annual La Raza ceremony is at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 28 in Evert B. Person Theatre. The ceremony includes cultural music, bilingual keynote speakers, and a unique opportunity for the graduates to thank the individuals who have assisted them in obtaining their degree.

The speaker is Dr. Elizabeth Martinez. Refreshments and light appetizers will follow in the Field house.

Many of the graduates participating in the La Raza ceremony are first-generation college grads, and this special celebration allows them to personally thank those who have gone out of their way to work with the students and help them achieve the goal of a college degree.

The event is co-sponsored by Raza/Native American Council and Chicano and Latino Studies. The bilingual ceremony is conducted in Spanish and English and is open to the general public.

African-American Graduation

The 18th Annual African-American graduation Celebration will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, May 28 in the Hospitality Center, Green Music Center. Members of Black Scholars United wil provide musical and poetry entertainment.

The speaker is Dean Elaine Leeder of the School of Social Sciences.

The African American Graduation Celebration is an opportunity for the University to acknowledge the achievements of African-American students and the students to thank their families, friends, faculty and mentors.

A reception follows the program. Because of the limited space place RSVP to Ashley, at

Questions about all of the celebrations may be directed to Chuck Rhodes, Director of Student Development, (707) 664-4033.

Jean Wasp
Media Relations Coordinator
University Affairs
(707) 664-2057