Multicultural Graduation Celebration

Students and their families enjoy graduation at Texas Woman's.

The Multicultural Graduation Celebration acknowledges the value and uniqueness of underrepresented student experiences and serves to commemorate and highlight the accomplishments of individuals within their familial and cultural context. The Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Outreach encourages all TWU Pioneers to learn more about how to apply and participate in this culturally-based graduation celebration.

Denton/Dallas Campuses - Multicultural Graduation Application
Houston Campus - Multicultural Graduation Application
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Spring 2022 Multicultural Graduation Celebration applications will be available Monday, Mar. 7 through Friday, Mar. 25. Only students who are registered to graduate Spring 2022 with the Office of the Registrar are eligible to participate in this semester's celebration. Space and stoles are limited, so submit your application as soon as possible. We look forward to celebrating you!

Spring 2022 FAQ

I missed the deadline to apply for the Multicultural Graduation Celebration. Can I still apply for the event or do you by chance have any multicultural stoles? Due to the overwhelming responses, we are not accepting any applications after the deadline. Students are welcome to purchase their own/additional stoles online from a supplier of their choice. We can provide you with the website we use to purchase stoles, but please keep in mind that there may be a minimum purchase price set by the supplier. The website we purchase stoles from is www.midwestglobalgroup.com. If you choose to purchase your own stole, you may wear it to your commencement ceremony. 

I cannot attend the multicultural graduation celebration. Is it still possible to purchase a symbolic stole? Thank you for your inquiry. The purchase of individual symbolic stoles through our office is not available. However, students are welcome to purchase their own/additional stoles online from a supplier of their choice. We can provide you with the website we use to purchase stoles, but please keep in mind that there may be a minimum purchase price set by the supplier. The website we purchase stoles from is www.midwestglobalgroup.com

What is a Multicultural Graduation Ceremony? The Multicultural Graduation Ceremony is a ceremony to celebrate historically marginalized communities of students. As listed on the website for Multicultural Graduation, that would include those of racially and ethnically minoritized identities and LGBTQIA+ identities.

What ceremony can students participate in? Students can participate in one of the following celebrations:

  • Multicultural Celebration: Multicultural Stole; Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian, Multiracial identities, etc.
  • People of Nia Celebration: Kente Stole; African, African American, Black identities
  • La Raza Celebration: Serape Stole; Hispanic, Latina/o, Latinx identities
  • Lavender Celebration: Lavender Stoles; LGBTQIA identities

Who can participate in the Multicultural Graduation Celebration? Any TWU student (undergraduate or graduate) who is registered to participate in Spring 2022 Commencement and identifies within the above-mentioned communities can apply to participate. Students must be registered to graduate through the Office of the Registrar.

When and where will the Multicultural Graduation Celebration take place? The Multicultural Graduation Celebration for Dallas and Denton students will be held Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23 in the Student Union at Hubbard Hall. Details will be sent to those who apply to participate in the ceremony.

The Houston Multicultural Graduation Celebration will be Thursday, April 7 at 5:45 p.m.  

Where should graduates and guests park? During the Multicultural Graduation Celebration ONLY, participants and guests can park on campus in the parking lot of Lowry Woods Apartments for FREE with or without a TWU parking decal. All other campus parking locations require a parking decal or payment to park to avoid ticketing.

Do I need to fill out an application/apply to participate? Yes! This is an application process and does not guarantee you a spot in the ceremony or a stole. While we would like to provide a stole and celebrate every graduating senior or graduate, stoles are limited so please apply early!

Where can I find the application form? Applications will be available Mar. 7-25. Students who registered for graduation through the Registrar's Office will receive an email with application information. Applications will also be available on our website when available. 

When is the deadline to apply? The deadline to apply is Friday, Mar. 25. Once the application closes no late applications will be accepted.

If selected to participate in the ceremony, what time will it be held?

  • Lavender Celebration: Lavender Stole, Friday, Apr. 22, 10 a.m.
  • Multicultural Celebration: Multicultural Stole, Friday, Apr. 22, 2 p.m.
  • People of Nia Celebration: Kente Stole; Friday, Apr. 22, 4 p.m.
  • La Raza Celebration: Serape Stole; Saturday, Apr. 23, 2 p.m.

If selected, do I need to attend the event to receive my stole? Yes.

I'm on another campus or online; can I still participate? Yes! Denton and Dallas campus students can participate in the ceremony at the Denton campus. Online students can participate in the ceremony in the Denton or Houston campus celebration. Students on all campuses and online can apply to be selected to receive a symbolic stole. 

I identify with more than one culture or community listed above. Can I receive a stole for each culture or community with which I identify? Unfortunately, stoles are limited, so students can only apply to receive one symbolic stole. Although we will only provide one stole to students selected to receive a stole, students purchase stoles at their own cost to add to their graduation regalia. A link will be provided on the DIO website after the celebrations to the site where stoles may be purchased.

Are guests allowed to attend the celebration? Yes, and social distancing and face coverings are encouraged.

What does it cost? Nothing! It is FREE.

Can I participate in this event if I graduated in the Fall semester or August? Students may participate in this event only if they are registered for Spring 2022 Commencement.

Who do I contact if I have questions? If you have a question, please contact us at 940-898-3679 or email diversity@twu.edu

Can we sign up to have our stoles delivered or picked up? Students in Denton, Dallas and Houston must attend events in person to receive the symbolic stole. Only online students will receive their stole in the mail.

 

Graduates wear stoles with familial and cultural meanings.

Page last updated 12:54 PM, April 25, 2022