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Community Award Ceremonies

Community Award Ceremonies

In addition to the Commencement Ceremony, there are various celebration ceremonies honoring the achievements of graduating students within the campus programs and communities that they belong to. Special celebrations will be held to acknowledge the achievements of our EOPS, DSPS, HIM, RADT, Honors, Promise, Veteran, AAPI, Chicanx and Latinx, Black, and LGBTQ+ students.

Asian American Pacific Islander Recognition Ceremony

The Asian American Pacific Islander Recognition Ceremony (ARC) is held every spring to honor and celebrate the personal and academic achievements of our graduating AAPI student community. The ARC aims to be as inclusive as possible, celebrating our diverse Asian American Pacific Islander identities and communities by sharing the traditions and practices we uphold with one another. Celebrate your accomplishments with your friends, family, and peers. You do not need to identify as AAPI to participate in this ceremony.

2025 Ceremony is TBA

If you have any questions, please connect with Patricia (Trish) Guevarra pguevarra001@sdccd.edu 

DSPS Celebration

The Disability Club and Honor Society host the DSPS Graduation/Transfer celebration in collaboration with Mesa’s DSPS Department. This is an opportunity for us to celebrate the many accomplishments and achievements of DSPS students and to wish them well.

The 2025 Ceremony is TBA

If you have any questions, please connect with Erika Higginbotham at ehigginb@sdccd.edu or call at 619-388-2780.

EOPS and Special Programs Achievement Ceremony

The EOPS and Special Programs Achievement Ceremony is dedicated to honoring our EOPS student graduates. This year's ceremony theme is "Your New Era Awaits You" to celebrate the endless possibilities that lie ahead for our students as they embark on their new era surrounded by friends, loved ones, and chosen family. This ceremony includes a keynote speaker, student speakers, recognition of student graduates’ presentation, and much more! 

If you have any questions, please connect with Karla Trutna at ktrutna@sdccd.edu or by phone at 619-388-2706.

Pride Center Lavender Celebration

The Lavender Celebration is an annual opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of all our LGBTQIA+ students. Our ceremony highlights success within academia and achievements of individual student goals. We celebrate the accomplishments of LGBTQIA+ students with the support of their friends, loved ones, and chosen family. If you are graduating, transferring, completing a certificate, or have recently returned to school, we invite you to participate! This event typically takes place in late Spring.

The 2025 celebration is TBA

If you have any questions, please connect with Lucio Lira at llira@sdccd.edu or call (619)388-5096.

Raza Grad Celebration

Raza Grad Celebration is a culturally empowering ceremony representing historical traditions from throughout the Americas. Raza Grad celebrates the diversity of the Chican@/Hispanic/Indigenous/Latin@ culture. The graduation celebration is open to all San Diego Mesa College graduating students who value the access to higher education and retention of our communities. Participation is not limited by area of study, ethnic background, or national origin. This event typically takes place in late Spring.

The 2025 celebration is TBA

If you have any questions, please connect with Fabiola (Faby) Beas fbeas@sdccd.edu and Agustin Rivera arivera@sdccd.edu 

Rite of Passage Celebration

Dear Future Mesa College Graduate,

Join us for the San Diego Community College District Black Graduates and Transfer Students Rite of Passage on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at 5:00pm. This is a celebration honoring academic excellence, determination, and the sacrifices which have led to your success. Our in-person celebration will include student recognition, entertainment, and free food. The Rite of Passage Ceremony is a celebration you do not want to miss! Graduates from Continuing Education, City, Mesa, Miramar College will join in celebration. Please RSVP by May 3rd

If you have any questions, please connect with Candice Katungi at ckatungi@sdccd.edu, Leticia Diaz ldiaz@sdccd.edu or Victoria Miller vmiller@sdccd.edu

What is your campus of record?
If not tranferring, enter "None"
I will attend the in person Rite of Passage Celebration on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 5:00pm @ Mesa College
How many guests would you like to bring?

During the ceremony we will play a slide show with your picture along with a brief statement. If you would like to appear in the slideshow please complete the following:

Please upload a picture of yourself, make it a JPEG file (Picture of graduate only).

The Rite of Passage Committee reserves the right to deny any picture that is considered inappropriate. 

Photo upload link: 2024 ROP-Ceremony-Pics
Please only upload 1 picture

Your statement should be 1-2 sentences. Please choose from one of the following prompts for your statement:

a) Tell us about where you are transferring to
b) Tell us what degree you are earning
c) Thank your supporters, family, friends, and/or faculty

The Rite of Passage Committee reserves the right to edit/condense your statement.

If you do not wish to provide a statement, place a checkmark below.

Disclaimer: By participating in the SDCCD Black Graduates and Transfer Student Rite of Passage celebration, you are giving consent for the committee to utilize pictures taken at the event in future promotional documentation.


 

Veterans Recognition Ceremony

The Veterans Recognition Ceremony celebrates the academic achievements of all military-affiliated students who have, or plan on graduating/transferring from San Diego Mesa College within the academic year. This event typically takes place in late Spring.

If you have any questions, please connect with Jordan Agricula at jagricula@sdccd.edu or by phone at 619-388-2805.

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