Multicultural Graduation Ceremonies

This year’s 2021 Multicultural Graduation Ceremonies was held virtually. Please see the video below

2020’s Multicultural Graduation Ceremonies was postponed. See our message to the students below.

The Multicultural Graduations are part of the official Georgetown University commencement schedule and are a way to bring students of color together for a final ceremony before graduation. Upon attending, each student will be honored with a stole. There are three ceremonies: 

The now Pan-Asian & Pacific Islander Ceremony, celebrates the achievements of our Asian Diasporic students. You might have noticed the shift in language from the APIDA ceremony to the Pan-Asian & Pacific Islander Ceremony. We, at the CMEA, recognize that while Multicultural Graduation Ceremonies are an opportunity for us to shine a light on the community in diversity here on the hilltop, it is by no means a perfect catch-all for the true complexity of identities that there are to celebrate on this campus. In the past, this particular ceremony has used language like AAPI and API and through dialogue with graduating students in years past we have tried our best to evolve the language to acknowledge the depth of culture beneath the “Asian” umbrella identity. This ceremony has always hoped to be inclusive of East Asian, Southeast Asian, South Asian, Southwest Asian, and Central Asian identities. Our attempt to shift that language to APIDA this year was met with more dialogue from concerned students about who it may still be leaving out. The transition to Pan-Asian & Pacific Islander ceremony was about returning to the broad all-encompassing language while still intentionally acknowledging the breadth of the Asian diaspora. We hope this language continues to grow and we are proud to have a community who is proud to grow with us!

Harambee is an annual ceremony dedicated to recognizing graduating seniors who identify with communities of the African Diaspora. This ceremony collectively celebrates the individual achievements of students in obtaining college diplomas and honors the community and legacy Black graduating students have created and actively cultivated here at Georgetown.

Despedida is an annual ceremony dedicated to celebrating the cultural diversity and history of the Latinx community and Chicanas/Chicanos at Georgetown University. This unique celebration serves to recognize the completion of a rigorous journey through academia and involvement in various organizations at Georgetown.