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Lavender, Pan-African, Latino graduation ceremonies set

Saturday, May 10, and Sunday, June 1, 2008, various times · Various locations
Graduating students will be honored at the annual Lavender and Pan-African graduation ceremonies, as well as a new event for Latino graduates, in May and June.

The seventh annual Lavender Graduation, sponsored by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Center, will begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10, in the Maclean House courtyard. The ceremony celebrates the achievements of graduating undergraduate and graduate students and of faculty and staff who support the LGBT community. The event will include an awards ceremony and remarks by graduating students.

The Lavender Graduation, which is open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Fund for Reunion, Princeton's LGBT alumni group. A reception will follow. For more information, visit

The third annual Pan-African Graduation, which celebrates the achievements of graduates from the African diaspora, will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 1, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

The event, inaugurated by students and hosted by the Fields Center, reflects on the unique cultural experiences of students from Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and the United States. Keynote speaker Robert Rivers, a 1953 Princeton alumnus and former University trustee, will speak on the theme of "Sankofa," a West African custom that means "going forward while looking backward." The ceremony also will include a presentation of kente stoles to graduates as well as musical and religious elements drawn from different Pan-African traditions.

The Pan-African Graduation is open to the public. Those interested in attending should RSVP by Friday, May 9, to

The new Latino Graduation ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. June 1 in the Chancellor Green Rotunda. The keynote speaker is José Huizar, a Princeton trustee and 1994 graduate alumnus who is the first Latino immigrant to serve as a member of the Los Angeles City Council. The event also will include a dinner, a mariachi performance and remarks from graduating students.

The Latino Graduation is open to members of the University community. For more information, e-mail or by Thursday, May 15.

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