Illinois State University offers opportunities for our underrepresented students to celebrate their successes and graduation in a unique way. Four graduate recognition ceremonies are offered to our students, in addition to the traditional commencement ceremonies. These ceremonies are celebrations of the accomplishments and successes of our students. More information can be found below.
Participation in these ceremonies is completely voluntary and does not take the place of University commencement. Any graduating student is welcome to participate in these events. Registration is required to participate.
We look forward to creating a unique space that celebrates the completion of degrees and certificates to graduates with the support of families, friends, faculty, and staff.
MAPS is a celebration of Middle Eastern, Asian, Pacific Islander, and Southeast Asian graduates. Add: For more information, please visit the MAPS Redbird Life Event Page.
Nuestros Logros is a celebration of Latinx graduates. For more information, please visit the Nuestros Logros Redbird Life Page.
Lavender Graduation is a celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and ace-identified graduates. For more information, please visit the Lavender Graduation Redbird Life Page.
Umoja is a celebration for Illinois State students of African descent and from the African diaspora. This celebration is sponsored by the Umoja Community Forum, a coalition of Black faculty, staff, alumni, and students. Umoja is a celebration of Black graduates. Use this link to register for Umoja