Cultural Graduations


Sponsored by the Office of Equity and Inclusion, Whittier's cultural graduations are a part of the College's long-standing tradition of celebrating the diversity and resilience among the APIDA, Black, Latinx, and LGBTQ+ communities.

The Cultural Graduations are celebrations for the entire family and honor graduates and those who helped them reach the completion of their degrees. They are organized, planned, and coordinated by students. Questions about Cultural Graduations can be directed to the Office of Equity and Inclusion at

To participate in any of the Cultural Graduations, please complete the Commencement Participation Form by March 1 (the priority deadline to receive graduation stoles). 

APIDA Graduation | Tuesday, May 7 | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Shannon Center

The Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Graduation honors the academic and personal achievements of our graduating students of Asian and Pacific Islander Desi American descent.

Lavender Graduation | Tuesday, May 7 | 4 - 6 p.m. | Villalobos Hall

The Lavender Graduation honors the achievements and contributions of graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBTQIA+), and ally students. Undergraduate and graduate candidates are invited to take part in the celebration.

Black Graduation | Wednesday, May 8 | 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. | Shannon Center

The Black Graduation honors and recognizes the accomplishments of our students of African descent. This specialized celebration allows students to celebrate their graduation in an atmosphere that honors their cultural heritage.

Latinx Graduation | Wednesday, May 8 | 2 - 4 p.m. | Harris Amphitheater 

The Latinx Graduation is an intimate bilingual celebration where family, friends, and community members come together to highlight the achievements and personal success of graduating seniors, in the spirit and traditions of Latinx cultures.