Cultural Graduate Celebration Reflections & Awards

Reflections: What does this celebration mean to you and why do you want to participate? 

Lavender Graduate Celebration

"I identify as Queer, and being a part of this community and accepting this part of my identity has been a struggle. I am finally at a point in my life where I can celebrate this part of myself, and I am excited to be a part of this celebration." - Ivette Morales, Class of 2016


Asian Pacific Islander Graduate Celebration 

"It is very easy for minority students to want to strip off their cultural identity in order to assimilate into college, especially at a Primarily White Institution, but this celebration is the time to thank those who have taught me to be proud of my heritage and supported me during the hardships I have gone through because of it." - Lizette Guevara, Class of 2016


Black Graduate Celebration

"I've constantly been fighting Saint Mary's since I got here. For me, this is a reminder to myself that even when the odds were against me, I overcame every obstacle. It's a reminder and public proclamation that I am more than enough and can really do anything I want to. Shout out to my moms, friends, and family who all got me here." - Enobong Akan-Etuk, Class of 2016 


Latinx Graduate Celebration

"This celebration gives me the opportunity to celebrate with my family and peers. It also gives me the opportunity to embrace my Mexican heritage in a way that is so moving and inspiring; to be able to say that I am a Latina and I am a college graduate." - Monica Marquez