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Cultural Achievement Ceremonies

Graduations cords with Recovery Community at VT coin

Graduations cords with Recovery Community at VT coin

Graduating students who wish to participate must register and may register for as many events as you would like.

Virginia Tech is honored to host cultural achievement ceremonies for our community members. Descriptions and details are below. This year the Cultural Achievement Ceremonies are offered virtually.

Family, friends, and members of the University and surrounding community attend the Lavender Cultural Achievement Ceremony in the Graduate Life Center auditorium.

Family, friends, and members of the University and surrounding community attend the Lavender Cultural Achievement Ceremony in the Graduate Life Center auditorium.


Aliyah

 

Aliyah is a celebration of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students at Virginia Tech organized by the Jewish Student Union (JSU). The ceremony recognizes students for their hard work and dedication to the Jewish community and has historically featured a speaker from campus. Students receive a blue and white cord that they can choose to wear during University commencement ceremonies.

Students who wish to participate in the ceremony, please fill out this online registration form.

This May, recognition of graduating students will be posted on the Jewish Student Union Facebook page.

Posts will begin no later than May 14 and will be ongoing. Students will also receive their cord via mail this summer.


American Indian and Indigenous

 

The American Indian and Indigenous ceremony was founded by Native student leaders in 2017 as a way to incorporate Native culture into graduation, as well as to celebrate the accomplishment of Native students. The ceremony has grown steadily since its beginning. At the ceremony, students will receive stoles for their cultural background and achievements and receive support and recognition from family, friends, alumni, and faculty/staff within the American Indian and Indigenous community at Virginia Tech.

Students who wish to participate in the ceremony, please fill out this online registration form.

On Saturday, May 15th, students will be gathering with their families and the VT Native Community at the Indigenous Garden on Southgate Drive. During an informal outdoor ceremony, students will receive their stoles and certificates in recognition of their accomplishments. Students will also be recognized virtually via photo and video submissions. These will be shared on the AIICC Facebook page


Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA)

Virtual Achievement Ceremony on May 6, 2021 at 6 PM EST

This event celebrates the accomplishments of Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) graduating students. Participating students receive a commemorative cord, which can be worn with their academic regalia, as well as a certificate, and are invited to celebrate their culture and academic achievement at Virginia Tech.

This May, students will be celebrated via a live virtual Achievement Ceremony that will also include a video spotlight of graduating students.

For graduating students who want to be featured and/or to receive their cords and certificates, please fill out and complete this form:

Form Link

To register for and participate in the live virtual Achievement Ceremony event, please sign up at https://rb.gy/tpsxzf



This Virtual Achievement Ceremony will also be posted to the Asian Cultural Engagement Center’s Youtube channel.


Donning of the Kente

Event date/time: May 7, 2021 at 5:30-6:30 PM EST

The first Cultural Achievement Ceremony at Virginia Tech, the Donning of the Kente began in 2013 as a celebration of African American heritage. It has continued to grow, with 250 students in attendance in 2019. The ceremony outside of Tech has a rich history, with the American tradition dating back to the 20th century, and the Kente cloth dating back centuries. At this ceremony, students adorn the Ghanaian Kente cloth graduation robe and gather with family, friends, and colleagues to celebrate undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students. Graduates will also receive stoles, which can be worn at the University’s commencement ceremony.

Students who wish to participate in the ceremony, please fill out this online registration form.

This May, students will be celebrated via photo and video submissions and shared on the BCC Facebook page.

You can also find recognition of students posted on the BCC’s Instagram.

Zoom Link for Graduation Celebration:

https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/81880385956

Also check out the InclusiveVT YouTube channel for a live feed of the event!


Gesta Latina

Virtual Achievement Ceremony May 13, 2021 at 12:00 PM EST

The Virginia Tech Gesta Latina, a Hispanic-Latino achievement ceremony, has been an annual tradition since 2005. Gesta (which has the same meaning in Latin and Spanish) means deeds or accomplishments. The ceremony, founded by Dr. Antonio Fernandez Vazquez, celebrates Latinx graduates and the community at Tech. Each year, one student is recognized with an award in Dr. Fernandez’ honor, which recognizes their significant contributions and outstanding service to the mission of El Centro. Participating students receive a commemorative stole, which can be worn with their academic regalia.

For graduating students who want to receive their stoles and certificates, please fill out and complete this form:

Form Link


Disabilities Achievement Ceremony

Registration: 2021 Disability Achievement Ceremony

More information to come soon!


Lavender

 

The annual Lavender Commencement Ceremony celebrates LGBTQ+ Virginia Tech graduates. The original ceremony, which began in 2009, featured 5 students and has grown to include more than 70 students in recent years. With great joy, the sponsoring organizations (the LGBT Faculty and Staff Caucus, HokiePRIDE, and Queer Grads, Professionals, & Allies) welcome family, friends, faculty, staff, students, and the community to celebrate this special occasion. Awards are given at the ceremony, and attendees are presented with a rainbow cord to wear during University and college ceremonies.

This May, achievements for LGBTQ+ students will be celebrated via a video that will be shared on the LGBTQ+ Resource Center Facebook page and Instagram.

Students who wish to be included in the video and/or receive their rainbow cords can still complete the online registration form.

Students will receive their cords via mail this summer.


Muslim

 

This May, in place of a traditional ceremony, participating Muslim undergraduate and graduate slated to graduate this year will receive a digital yearbook that highlights their memories and photos. Students who wish to participate in this yearbook can submit their information and photos to the online registrations form.