2020 Virtual African American Graduation Celebration: Celebrating Culture, Academic Achievement and Student Success

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Date: July 2, 2020 View Recurrence Dates
Time: All Day
Location: WSU YouTube
Category: Special Event

The purpose of the 2020 Virtual African American Graduation Celebration (AAGC) is to provide an African-centered ceremony to recognize the accomplishments of the graduates, and the support received from family and friends. The African American Graduation Celebration provides a forum where excellence among students can be celebrated and achievements acknowledged.  It is not an alternative graduation, but rather a celebration of success. 

Bridging the past with our present, the African American Graduation Celebration serves as a cultural rite of passage that recognizes and affirms all graduating students who have completed a rigorous course of study at WSU.  The African American Graduation Celebration is an African-centered ceremony that honors undergraduate, graduate and professional school students who have successfully completed their studies at Wayne State University. Additionally, we will be honoring four (4) of our fallen warriors who are now among our ancestors. 

Theme: “Celebrating Culture, Academic Achievement and Student Success” 

2020 Virtual African American Graduation Celebration

Date: Friday, June 19, 2020 (Juneteenth*)

Time: 6:19 PM 


After which, the YouTube file will go live
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*Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and Cel-Liberation Day, is an American holiday celebrated on June 19.  On June 19, 1865, the Emancipation Proclamation which had been issued on January 1, 1863, was read to enslaved African Americans in Texas. Texas was the last Confederate State to have the proclamation announced, after the end of the American Civil War in April of that year. Texas was the most remote of the slave states, and minimal fighting meant there were few Union troops present to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation until after the war ended.


The African American Graduation Celebration (AAGC) is held once a year in the spring, usually the Saturday before the university's Commencement, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic we had to postpone our annual in-person celebratory event.  Those who graduated December 2019 and/or fulfilling their degree requirements in the Spring/Summer 2020 and December 2020 term may choose to participate in this celebration. 

**The graduates that registered prior to participate in the African American Graduation Celebration will receive a free Kente Sash ($35 value), however, at a later date and time.  You will be notified once we are approved by the university administration.**


Sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Office of Multicultural Student Engagement (OMSE), Office of Federal TRIO, Black Student Union (BSU), Department of African American Studies, Organization of Black Alumni (OBA)/Alumni Association

July 2020