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Commencement 2009


Rainbow Graduation | Raza Graduation | African-American Graduation

Rainbow Graduation

The Second Annual Rainbow Celebration will be held on Thursday, May 21 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 fabulous chapter in their lives. The aim is a graduation that honors and celebrates all of who you are.

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

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 5 p.m. on Friday, May 22 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.

A reception follows and provides personal time for graduates, family, faculty, and friends to celebrate with traditional food and music.

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.

For further information, contact Michael Grant or Kelly Hodgins.

African-American Graduation

Jonathan PoullardThe 16th Annual African-American graduation Celebration will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, May 22 in the Cooperage. Members of Black Scholars United will be provide musical and poetry entertainment.

The guest speaker is Jonathan Pollulard, Dean of Students at the University of California, Berkeley. Pollulard is a nationally-recognized leader in Student Affairs and in diversity training.

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.

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