Eastern Michigan University Multicultural Graduation Celebration to honor underrepresented graduates on April 23 with live, virtual ceremony

YPSILANTI – The Eastern Michigan University Center of Race & Ethnicity (CORE) will celebrate underrepresented students’ distinct higher education experiences and accomplishments during the Winter 2021 Multicultural Graduation Celebration (MGC) on Friday, April 23rd at 4 p.m. This celebration will acknowledge the achievements of both Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 graduates.

The ceremony, which will be streamed live via the CORE Facebook page, will acknowledge the achievements of graduating students of color, both domestic and international students, at EMU. This event also celebrates the rich culture of our diverse student body; from the music, performances, speeches and more.

The theme for this year's celebration is "We Made It, We Gone Be Alright." Four student speakers will present an acknowledgment to students of how they were able to reach this milestone even in the midst of a global pandemic, including:

  • Talia Edgar, who is earning her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education - Acknowledgment to Undergraduate Students
  • Micah Gooden, who earning her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education- Acknowledgment to Undergraduate Students
  • Crystal Vazquez, who is earning her Master's in Higher Education & Student Affairs - Acknowledgment to Graduate Students 
  • Chahak Mittal, who is earning her Master's in Information Assurance & Cybersecurity- Acknowledgment to International Students

The event wil also include performances from former EMU student Dom Brooks, Zeporah Payne (poem Blackbird), and Daoud Sambimana (poem Our Conversations). Watch MGC LIve this Friday on CORE's Facebook page @EMUCORE.

Graduates were also able to participate in multiple celebrations over the past week, including an EMU trivia contest to win a free photoshoot session with a local photographer, a free meal from Cuppy’s Best Soulful Bistro, a Best Grad Cap contest,  and more.

For more information about CORE or Multicultural Graduation, visit the CORE homepage.

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 16,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and, its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

April 21, 2021

Written by:
Morgan Mark

Morgan Mark