FAQs

Graduates, family, and friends at the Celebration

1. Who Coordinates the Latino Commencement Celebration (LCC)?

Dr. Gonzalez, Dean of the College of Social Sciences, several university faculty, staff and a handful of student volunteers.  We are committed to the event because we want to do something special for our students and the Latino community.  Nobody gets paid for working on the event.   The only payment that we get is your “thank you” and knowing that we've had a role in providing you and your family and guests a memorable graduation.

2. Is this event a function of the Chicano and Latin American Studies Department and do I have to be a “CLAS major” to participate?

No.  The LCC is coordinated out of the office of Dr. Luz Gonzalez, Dean of the College of Social Sciences. It is for all Fresno State students.

3. I am not a Latino, but I want to participate in the LCC. Can I apply?

Yes.  The LCC is open to all students who wish to participate.

4. I will not complete my degree until December 2013. Can I still participate in the LCC?

Yes, you can still participate and do not need to have your degree completed.

5. I applied to graduate through the university, am I automatically applying to the LCC?

No.  All Fresno State students are required to apply for graduation through the university.  The LCC is optional.  You need to submit a separate application and fee to participate in the LCC.

6. I noticed in the application that we are only allowed to write the first and last name for our parents and ourselves. Why?

Because of TIME CONSTRAINTS.  There are approximately 600 students that need to be recognized on stage and we have an hour and thirty minutes in which to do it.  The university requires that we end the program by no later than 9:00 PM.  We have one hour and forty-five minutes to conduct our program.    We have timed it for years and confirmed that we only have enough time to announce the students and their parents.  If we were to allow the graduates to add middle names and other last names, we would have to eliminate their parents' names.

Comment:  The first goal of the LCC is to give students the opportunity to walk on stage and be recognized.  The second goal is to acknowledge their parents.  Middle names and additional last names (other than the first and last) would add an hour an a half to two hours to the program.  That means we would not be able to end our program by 8:30 PM, but rather by 10:00 PM. 

To give you an example, use a word, any word, and repeat it 600 times while you time yourself.  That will give you an idea as to how much time additional names would add to the program.  

7. I did not write in the accents on my first and last name. Will this be done for me?

No.  Your name will appear exactly as you input it when submitting your application online.  If you have more than one last name, the database will automatically drop the second last name. (see question/response to No. 7) 

8. Why does the application ask for degree and major if it is not going to be read on stage?

The name of your college is so that your name (if applying before the deadline) will be listed on the LCC program under the college of your major.

MASTER/GRADUATE STUDENTS- IMPORTANT:   Please note when filling out the application in the Major Selection you will select "Division of Graduate Studies".

9. What is my application fee used for?

The application fee is to cover the cost of the Save Mart Center only.  Dean Gonzalez seeks donations and volunteer help for everything else. See Graduate Instructions #1.

10. How many guests can I invite and is there a fee?

Admission to the celebration at the Save Mart Center is FREE (no invitatations are required) and graduates may invite as many guests as they wish. There will be free parking available in the parking lots around the Save Mart Center.

11. What is a sash?

Each year several graduates ask, "What is a sash?" In response to this question, the following information is provided:

The sash is an ornamental band, ribbon, or scarf worn over the shoulders or around the waist, often formerly as a symbol of distinction "Webster's Dictionary"

The sash, which has been used for the LCC since 1976, is custom made and approximately three (3) inches in width and two (2) yards in length. It is made by sewing together ribbons of different colors and is worn around the neck.

In the LCC, graduates have the opportunity to acknowledge their membership in American society while simultaneously taking pride in their ethnic and/or bi-cultural heritage. This prestigious distinction is accomplished in the following way:

a.  The use of academic regalia and the Latino Commencement Celebration are only some of the many features of the LCC that serves to express the graduates' loyalty, dedication, commitment, and cultural pride as members of the American society.

b. By the same token, the sashes, give graduates the opportunity to distinguish themselves as Latinos and with pride, acknowledge their country of origin. Each graduate's sash colors coincide with the colors of the national flag identified by the graduate. For example, a graduate who can trace his/her family lineage to Brazil will wear a sash made of green, yellow, and blue colors.

SASHES WILL BE DISTRIBUTED ON THE DAY OF COMMENCEMENT.

12. Can I wear my honor cords at the LCC?

Yes.

13. Can I apply after the application deadline?

YES, you may apply, however there may be a late charge of $10.00 (Please also note if applying after the deadline, your name will not appear in the LCC written program). All students, regardless of the time their application was submitted will have their name read at the ceremony.

14. I read that there is only one mandatory rehearsal at Save Mart Center. Do I have to attend?

Yes, A practice session has been scheduled for the LCC participants. It is mandatory for graduates to attend.  Rehearsal is usually two hours long, if you know you will not be able to attend, due to a final, it is your responsibility to contact someone who is attending the rehearsal and get and update or you can stop by after your final.  

15.  If I'm a dual major, which major should I list on my application?

You should list your primary major.  The only reason we ask for your major is to list your name in the LCC written program under the college you are receiving your degree from.  Your name will only appear in the LCC written program if you apply before the application deadline.