TWU to host Multicultural Graduation Celebrations

Oct. 15, 2021 — DENTON — The Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Outreach will host in-person multicultural graduation ceremonies in Denton and Houston after a hiatus brought on by the pandemic. 

The events and stoles are free; however, interested graduates must submit an application for consideration and must attend a ceremony in order to receive a stole. 

Individualized group ceremonies for Denton and Dallas students will be held on Nov. 12, and a singular ceremony for Houston students is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 7. Online students (as defined by the Office of the Registrar) may participate in ceremonies at either location or may receive their stoles by mail. 

Often one of the highlights for graduating students, multicultural graduation celebrations offer students an opportunity to celebrate their uniqueness by choosing stoles representing their experiences that can be worn during TWU’s official commencement ceremonies.

Available stoles include:

  • Multicultural Stole - Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian, Multiracial identities, etc.
  • Kente Stole - African, African American, Black identities
  • Serape Stole - Hispanic, Latina/o, Latinx identities
  • Lavender Stole - LGBTQIA identities.

“The stoles add special recognition and significance to the student graduation experience,” said Becky Rodriguez, Ph.D., DIO's executive director. “The event also provides an opportunity for families to recognize graduates’ accomplishments in a more intimate setting.”

Applications will be accepted Oct. 15-29. Students must be registered to graduate Fall 2021 through the Office of the Registrar in order to participate. Details about exact times will be provided to attendees after applications have been reviewed.

For more information, see DIO’s Multicultural Graduation page or contact them at or 940-898-3679.



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