End of the Year Ceremonies

End of  the Year Ceremonies

The End of the Year Ceremonies are the university’s cultural and identity-based recognitions.

These ceremonies center the cultural identities and backgrounds that our students hold. Each recognition program takes place in May and is designed to highlight the outstanding work our students have accomplished in the areas of service, academics, and leadership, while affirming the unique challenges and experiences they share. 

Participating graduates are encouraged to invite their family and friends to celebrate with their graduates for our celebrations that are planned to be in-person this spring 2023.

Registered graduates will receive a stole and be recognized within an in-person ceremony. If there is a need to move the ceremony from in-person to virtual, registered attendees will be notified.

Registration for these ceremonies for guests and graduates are separate from the main university commencement.

Spring 2023 (upcoming) information

Please check back again for updated information later near the end of fall semester. 

 

End of  the Year Ceremonies (Cultural Commencements) Spring 2022 Recognitions

the 14th Annual USF Lavender Commencement (LGBTQIA+ graduation)

Ceremony Date: Monday, May 16, 2022  from 1:00-2:30 p.m. in McLaren Complex, USF Campus

Lavender Commencement honors graduating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer students, including those who identify across the gender and sexuality spectrums (LGBTQIA+), through celebration, keepsakes, and stoles. The ceremony is a reflection of our community’s vitality and the accomplishments of USF’s graduating undergraduate and graduate students.

View the 2021 ceremony video honoring the graduates.


the 22ND Annual USF Latinx Recognition Ceremony

Ceremony Date: Monday, May 16, 2022 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. in St. Ignatius Church, USF Campus

Event Description: The Latinx Recognition Ceremony is intended to celebrate and recognize graduating Latinx/o/e, Hispanic, Chicanx/@ and multiracial students. The ceremony honors not only their individual accomplishments in academics, service, and leadership, but also pays tribute to the collective victories and sacrifices as a community.

View the 2021 ceremony video honoring the graduates.


the 6th USF Annual Indigenous Peoples of Oceania Ceremony: Native Pacific Islander Graduation

Ceremony Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2022 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in McLaren Complex, USF Campus

Event Description: The Indigenous Peoples of Oceania Ceremony was created for graduating students who identify as Indigenous Oceanic, Native Pacific Islander, and Pasifika people to celebrate their visibility and representation in higher education.

View the 2021 ceremony video honoring the graduates.


the 26th Annual Vizuri Kabisa Ceremony (Black Commencement)

Ceremony Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2022 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. in St. Ignatius Church

Event Description: Vizuri Kabisa is Swahili for "excellence." Vizuri Kabisa is a recognition event that honors the academic and leadership achievements of graduating students who identify as Black, African, African American, and Multiracial.

View the 2021 ceremony video honoring the graduates.

 

the 16th Annual USF Interwoven Ceremony (Asian & Asian American Commencement) 

Ceremony Date: Sunday May 15, 2022 from  4:00-5:30 p.m. in McLaren Complex

Event Description: The Interwoven Graduation Ceremony honors graduating Asian, Asian American, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and Multiracial undergraduate and graduate students. This event is designed to highlight the outstanding work our graduating students have accomplished in the areas of service, academics, and leadership while affirming the unique challenges and experiences they share.

View the 2021 ceremony video honoring the graduates.
 

FALL 2022 STOLE SALES

While we did not hold December identity-based graduation ceremonies, those students who graduate in 2022 were welcomed to order a stole/s to wear at their December main graduation ceremony.

These stoles are the same or similar to those given to graduating students in the May ceremonies, and feature either a satin base or Kente cloth woven stole base. We sell them for approximately the same cost that we pay to have them made, $25.

Sales for Fall 2022 dates TBD.

In addition, December graduates may participate in the upcoming May 2023 ceremonies. Registration for the ceremonies will take place at the beginning of February with links available on this page. May graduates should NOT purchase a stole during this Fall sales period.