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 virtual celebrations this spring 2021. 

The deadline for registration for graduates to participate in the virtual 2021 spring offerings was Thursday, April 1 at 11:59pm. The viewing date/s and times for each ceremony are listed below.

Registered graduates will receive a stole and certificate and be recognized within a recorded ceremony.

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

End of  the Year Ceremonies (Cultural Commencements) Spring 2021 Recognitions

the 13th Annual USF Lavender Commencement (LGBTQIA+ graduation)

Ceremony Stream Date: Monday, May 17 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. PDT

Lavender Commencement honors graduating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer students, including those who identify across the gender and sexuality spectrums (LGBTQIA+), through celebration, certificates, and keepsakes. The virtual ceremony is a reflection of our community’s vitality and the accomplishments of USF’s graduating undergraduate and graduate students. Guests who register will receive a Zoom link closer to the date and be able to interact with the event through the chat box and other prompts.

View last year's materials honoring the graduates:

the 21st Annual USF Latinx Recognition Ceremony

Ceremony Stream Date: Monday, May 17 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. PDT

Event Description: The Latinx Recognition Ceremony is intended to celebrate and recognize graduating Latinx/Hispanic/Chicanx and multiracial Latinx/Hispanic/Chicanx 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. Guests who register will receive a Zoom link closer to the date and be able to interact with the event through the chat box and other prompts.

View last year's materials honoring the graduates:

the 5th USF Annual Indigenous Peoples of Oceania Ceremony: Native Pacific Islander Graduation

Ceremony Stream Date: Saturday, May 15 7:00-8:00 p.m. PDT

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. Guests who register will receive a link closer to the date of the ceremony and be able to watch the event in real time with the graduates.

View last year's materials honoring the graduates:

the 25th Annual Vizuri Kabisa Ceremony (Black Commencement)

Ceremony Stream Date: Sunday, May 16th from 1:00-2:00 p.m. PDT

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 and African American. Guests who register will receive a YouTube link closer to the date and be able to live stream the event on May 16. Guests will be able to interact throughout the event using the comments feature and other prompts.

View last year's materials honoring the graduates:

the 14th Annual USF Interwoven Ceremony (Asian & Asian American Commencement) 

Ceremony Stream Date: Wednesday May 19 from  6:00-7:30 p.m. PDT

Event Description: The Interwoven Graduation Ceremony honors graduating Asian, Asian American, multi-racial Asian, Middle Eastern, and/or South Asian undergraduate and graduate students. It’s an event 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. Guests who register will receive a Zoom link closer to the date and be able to interact with the event through the chat box and other prompts.

View last year's materials honoring the graduates:

Frequently Asked Questions about May Ceremonies:

When will I receive my End of the Year Ceremony materials (stole(s) and certificate(s) in the mail?

  • Registered graduate stole and certificate shipments should arrive to registrant addresses in early May 2021 to all registered students. Students who registered for multiple ceremonies will receive all materials in one package.

When will  in-person End of Year Ceremonies take place?

  • Based on the current circumstances, there will not be any in-person End of the Year Ceremonies in 2021. Our virtual event and physical package will be available for spring 2021 graduate as well as any Fall 2020 or 2021 graduates who wish to participate.

When will I receive my digital package materials (Congratulatory video, Graduate Slideshow, Digital Event Program)?

  •  The release for ceremony digital package options will take place during the week of May 17

For this spring 2021, we will be offering registrants their ceremony stoles and printed certificates. Shipments will take place in May. 

There may also be additional offerings this spring in connection to your registration. Ceremony committees are planning during the spring semester and will update registrants with any additional offerings if determined.