Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Black Graduation Celebration

About the Black Graduation Celebration

Black graduating students were honored during their Black Graduation Celebration

The Black Graduation Celebration is a time-honored tradition on Chico State’s campus.  Rooted in Black/African American cultural traditions with an emphasis on community, family, ancestral heritage, and Black excellence, the Black Graduation Celebration is open to all students who have successfully completed an undergraduate or post-baccalaureate degree at Chico State. 

The event recognizes their accomplishments and provides an opportunity for graduates to honor those who have helped them achieve their milestones. Graduates are honored together in one setting as their families celebrate their hard work and dedication. This celebration reinforces the bonds of scholarship and extends the sense of community. It honors African and African American heritage and culture, which culminates with a Kente Ceremony where traditional stoles are presented to the graduates.

When is the 2024 Black Graduation Celebration?

The 33rd Annual Black Graduation Celebration (BGC) will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Harlen Adams Theatre (PAC 144) and PAC Courtyard. 

Note: The Black Graduation Celebration will not conflict with University Commencement exercises.

Eligibility Criteria

All participants in the 2024 Black Graduation Celebration must meet the following criteria at the time of application.

  1. Undergraduate and graduate participants must have formally applied for graduation through the University and be eligible to participate in University Commencement ceremonies.
  2. Participants must be graduating, or have graduated, with a Bachelor's or Master's degree from the University in one of the following terms: fall 2023, spring 2024, summer 2024, or fall 2024.

Participants may participate in the Black Graduation Celebration only once for the same degree. Students earning solely a credential degree or professional certificate are ineligible.

Important Dates

Only future dates are listed.

Nov 27–Apr 20 Black Grad Registration Deadline
Apr 29thBillie Jackson Award Submission Deadline
Apr 22nd-May 3rdBlack Grad Photo Shoot (Wear Red,Black or White)  
May 11Black Grad and Unity Cookout
May 17Black Grad Rehearsal (6-7pm Pac 144)
May 18Black Grad 2024 (2-4pm)

Save the Date!!!

Information about the Day of: 

Saturday- May 18th, Doors will Open at 1:30pm 

Be Sure to Mark your Calendars!

Save the date flyer

Billie Jackson Outstanding Award

The Black Graduation Celebration will have the selection of the Billie Jackson Outstanding Award 

Please fill out this application(opens in new window) if you are interested in being selected for this reward. This application is due Monday, April 29th.