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Cultural Graduations

The Cultural Graduations & Celebration ceremonies managed by the Office of Social Justice Iniatives and Identity Programs are momentous occasions that recognize each of our graduating students' unique culture and its significance in their journey through higher education. These are congratulatory celebrations of the students' achievement and the step forward it means for them, their parents, their culture, and their lives. We are extremely proud to be able host these events in which we conferr special honors to our new graduates that foster a sense of pride in their respective identities. These observances are not mandatory, but are open to all interested scholars. Each will occur sometime before the Official UC Merced Commencement.

UCM CGCs Registration opens: February 1st, 2024
UCM CGCs Priority Registration closes: April 5th, 2024

***Disclaimer: Latinx Grad registration will be limited on a first-come, first-served basis. Once capacity is met, registration for Latinx Grad will be closed.***

Asian & Pacific Islander Graduation: 

Date: 04/21/24

Time: 4 PM- 7 PM

Location: Coming Soon

Lavender Graduation:

Date: 04/26/24

Time: 6 PM- 9 PM

Location: Coming Soon

Afropolitan Graduation (Formerly Black Grad):

Date: 05/10/24

Time: 3 PM- 6 PM

Location: Coming Soon

Latinx Graduation:

Date: 05/11/24

Time: 5 PM- 8 PM

Location: Merced Theatre

*For questions about registration opening/closing dates and any changes to your submission, please email

**IMPORTANT REMINDER: Registration for a Cultural Graduation Celebration IS separate from registration for UC Merced's Commencement Ceremony. For UCM Commencement-specific information, please visit**

Please use this link to register: CGC Registration