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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

Ceremony: May 11, 2022 at 6 PM EST
Reception: Immediately following ceremony
Location: Brush Mountain Room A, Squires

 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 stole 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.


American Indian and Indigenous

Ceremony: May 12, 2022 at 2 PM EST
Reception: Immediately following ceremony
Location: Indigenous Garden, Southgate Drive. Rain Location: Brush Mountain A

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.

 


Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA)

Ceremony: May 11, 2022 at 12:30 PM EST
Reception: Immediately following ceremony
Location: Owens Dining Banquet Hall

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 achievements at Virginia Tech.

For those wishing to attend as well as for graduating students who would like to participate please fill out and complete this form.


Donning of the Kente

Ceremony: May 11, 2022 at 10 AM EST
Reception: Immediately following ceremony
Location: Commonwealth Ballroom A

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.


Live Streamed on Wednesday, May 11, 10:00am - 2:00pm



First Together

Ceremony: May 12, 2022 at 4 PM EST
Reception: 3 PM (Before ceremony)
Location: CID Lobby and Performance Room

First Together is a celebration of achievement for first-generation undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D.  candidates. Participants receive a cord, which can be worn with their academic regalia. We welcome first-gen students, faculty, staff, and family to share in the recognition of this very special achievement. A light reception will be provided prior to the ceremony. This event welcomes up to 200 attendees (graduates and families) max. Please use this form to sign-up if you would like to participate.


Gesta Latina

Ceremony: May 12th, 2022 at 12:00 PM EST

Reception:  Immediately following ceremony

LocationCeremony - Commonwealth Ballroom A 12:00 PM EST | Reception - Commonwealth Ballroom B 1:00 PM EST

The Virginia Tech Gesta Latina, a Hispanic-Latinx achievement ceremony, has been an annual tradition since 2005. This celebration is an opportunity to recognize our graduating seniors and graduate students through a cultural lens. All students that participate in the 2022 Gesta Latina Graduation Celebration, will receive a commemorative stole from El Centro, which can be worn with their academic regalia.

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.

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


Disability Community Ceremony

Information for the May 2022 Ceremony coming soon!


Lavender

Ceremony: May 12, 2022 at 6 PM EST
Reception: Immediately following ceremony
Location: GLC Auditorium & GLC Multipurpose Room

The annual Lavender Achievement 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 LGBTQ+ Caucus and LGBTQ+ Resource Center welcome family, friends, faculty, staff, students, and community members to celebrate this momentous occasion. Graduating attendees are presented with a lavender cord and tassel to wear during University and college ceremonies.

For students who would like to participate in this ceremony, please fill out this registration form.


Recovery Community Graduation

Ceremony: May 12, 2022 at 10AM to  1PM EST
Reception: Immediately following ceremony
Location: Hahn Horticulture Garden
200 Garden Lane. Blacksburg, VA 24061

The Recovery Community celebrates the hard work and resilience of its members who are graduating.   The Virginia Tech Recovery Community exists so that Tech students don’t have to choose between their recovery and their education.  We support students inside and outside the classroom, organize events and trips, and provide space for recovery meetings. Anyone is welcome to our meetings to find out more. Recovery provides Hope.

Register early as we have limited spots for you to show your support  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/recovery-community-graduation-tickets-316837408217