Latinx Graduation Celebration

Frequently Asked Questions

Background

About the Latinx Graduation Celebration

The Latinx Graduation Celebration (LGC) was created to honor the achievement of Latinx graduates, and the contributions their families and friends have made during their education.  MEChA initiated this event in 1978 to encourage Latinos to pursue higher education.  This diverse and intimate, English/Spanish bilingual ceremony has flourished, and now includes Latinx and non-Latinx students.

Is LGC considered a commencement?

LGC is a special celebration, but does not replace official University Commencement ceremonies. 

Who coordinates LGC?

A committee of student volunteers, each advised by a campus professional, coordinates LGC annually.

Why “Latinx”?

In 2017, the LGC Committee voted to change the name of “Latino Graduation Celebration” to “Latinx Graduation Celebration” to be more gender inclusive.

About LGC 2019

When will the 2019 Latinx Graduation Celebration occur?

The Latinx Graduation Celebration Committee is proud to present the forty-second annual Latinx Graduation Celebration on Saturday, May 18, 2019, in Laxson Auditorium.  To accommodate more graduates and guests, there will be two distinct afternoon ceremonies: 2:00 pm and 4:30 pm. (Times changed due to weather, see Commencement for more information.)

In which of the two LGC ceremonies, might I be able to participate?

Participants will be divided into two groups by academic colleges, similar to other campus celebrations.  The composition of these two groups will be determined after the LGC application processes close and will be dependent on the total number of completed LGC applications received.

I am graduating from more than one college, how will my LGC group be determined?

Participants earning degrees in more than one academic college will be placed in the LGC ceremony group for the “primary” major, as listed on their LGC 2019 Application form.

Can I participate in both the University Commencement and the Latinx Graduation Celebration?

Yes, the LGC schedule allows a graduate to take part in University Commencement exercises.

Is LGC information on the web, or on social media?

LGC 2019 participant criteria

Who can participate in LGC 2019?

All participants of the Latinx Graduation Celebration (LGC) 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 the University Commencement exercises.
  2. Participants must be graduating from the University in one of the following terms: fall 2018, spring 2019, summer 2019, or fall 2019.
  3. Participants must be present at the mandatory LGC meetings and rehearsal. The LGC mandatory meeting will be on Thursday, April 18, 2019; and the LGC Rehearsal will be on Thursday, May 9, 2019.  Exact times are pending.

LGC 2019 application process

What is the application process?  How do I register?

The LGC application process includes two (2) steps, as follows:

STEP 1:  Student submits a LGC 2019 Application form, then WAITS to hear about the status of the application.  The LGC Graduates Chair and Advisor will review application data and verify LGC eligibility.

STEP 2:  Student pays the required $45 LGC fee ONLY AFTER receiving an authorization email notice with further instructions from the LGC Graduates Chair. 

* IMPORTANT:  Both steps must be fully executed to consider a LGC application "complete."  Only complete applications will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis due to space limitations.  Previous LGC events have filled quickly. 

When will the LGC 2019 Application open?

The LGC 2019 Application (Google form) will open at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

Is there an LGC application deadline?

No, the LGC application process will remain OPEN ONLY UNTIL capacity has been reached. 

How can I access the LGC 2019 Application?

The LGC 2019 Application form will be accessible, once it opens, via this direct link, https://bit.ly/2VfZC1x, or through the LGC website at http://www.csuchico.edu/latinxgrad.

How much is this year’s LGC fee?

The fee for the 2019 Latinx Graduation Celebration is $45.  Only LGC applicants who clear the eligibility verification check will be invited to submit a payment.

What to expect after you have submitted an LGC application

Will I get an email notice from LGC confirming that my application was received?

No.  Immediately after you submit a LGC 2019 Application form, an automated pop-up window will be generated acknowledging your submission of the form.  NO OTHER CONFIRMATION NOTICE WILL BE SENT.

What happens AFTER I submit my LGC application form?

  • After submitting your LGC 2019 Application, you must then WAIT until you receive further communication from the LGC Graduates Chair. The LGC Graduates Chair and Advisor will review your application data and verify your LGC eligibility.  Should there be any questions or concerns about the information you provided, you will be contacted via email.
  • If you clear the application review and eligibility verification, you will then receive an authorization email notice from the LGC Graduates Chair with further instructions on how to proceed to the LGC fee payment process.

*IMPORTANT:  Both the LGC application and payment processes must be fully executed to consider a LGC application "complete."  Only complete applications will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis due to space limitations. 

How soon after I apply will I hear about the status of my application?

The verification process will vary with the number and flow of applications.  In the past, the verification “wait time” has ranged from a couple of weeks to a few days.  However, the intent is to communicate the status of applications as efficiently and responsibly as possible.  Applicants are encouraged to check their email regularly for communications from the LGC Graduates Chair. 

Ceremony

What are alternative ways to view the LGC ceremony?

The LGC ceremony will be simulcast in a separate viewing room, live-streamed over the web, and recorded for future posting on YouTube.

How long is the Latinx Graduation Celebration?

The duration of the ceremony depends on the number of participants and their adherence to the allowable speaking time, but in the past it has generally run 2 hours.  The LGC ceremony will be followed by a brief reception in the Bell Memorial Union.

How many guest tickets will each participant receive for the ceremony?

At this time, it is unknown how many guest tickets a LGC participant will receive for Laxson Auditorium.  This number will depend on the total number of participating graduates.   Note that there will be the opportunity to request more, but there is no guarantee.  More details will be shared at the mandatory meeting.

Will small children need tickets?

Children, 2 years and older, will require their own ticket/seat.  Children, under 2 years of age, may sit in the lap of a supervising adult.  (Tip:  The simulcast room may be more suitable for small children.)

What happens at the LGC mandatory meeting?

The LGC mandatory meeting covers essential information regarding the 2019 Latinx Graduation Celebration (LGC), and is an opportunity to meet the LGC committee and ask pertinent questions.

What if I have a conflict with the mandatory meeting and/or rehearsal*?

If you have a serious and compelling reason and are unable to attend the mandatory meeting or the rehearsal, please email the LGC Graduates Chair at lgrad.graduateschair@gmail.com.

Is a “speech” required for participants during the LGC ceremony?

The LGC ceremony allows participants the unique opportunity to express a few words of appreciation to their family and guests, but this is optional.  The allowable time for each graduate to speak will be communicated later.

Do LGC participants get special stoles?

Only participants that have previously served on the LGC committee receive a special stole.  However, LGC 2019 participants will receive a commemorative cord.

If you further questions, contact the LGC Graduates Chair at lgrad.graduateschair@gmail.com.