Black Grad

African American Student Recognition Ceremony (Black Grad)

Black Grad, also known as the African American Graduation Ceremony is the annual ceremony for graduating students of African descent designed to celebrate their academic achievements. This event is typically held on the Saturday of Fresno State's Graduation weekend.

COVID-19 UPDATE:
Unfortunately, we will not be conducting commencement ceremonies in May as originally scheduled. This decision, informed by guidance from public health officials, was not made lightly. We will continue to explore how and when to celebrate Commencement 2020, depending on the quickly changing situation.
 
Black graduation happens every year in May during commencement season. Black graduation is open to any student that identifies as Black/African American/African/Black Diaspora. Registration for this event will be announced closer to graduation. Registration is required in order to be a part of the ceremony and receive graduation regalia and have your photo in the program. If you have any questions of concerns, please contact the Cross Cultural and Gender Center at 559.278.4435 or email ccgcafam@mail.fresnostate.edu
 

COVID-19 Updates/Instructions

KENTE CLOTH

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TO RECEIVE YOUR KENTE CLOTH. DETAILS ON WHEN AND WHERE TO PICK UP YOUR STOLE WILL FOLLOW. 

WANT TO APPLY FOR THE COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD?

  • Community Service Award Click here  to download the application. Email your completed application to afamgrad@csufresno.edu.
  • Academic Achievement Award: Undergraduates who have a 3.00 OVERALL grade point average are recognized for academic achievement.  Graduates who have a 3.5 OVERALL grade point average are also recognized for academic achievement
  • Highest Academic Achievement Award: Students with the highest grade point average are recognized for academic excellence. This award acknowledges graduates for dedication and commitment to helping make our campus and community a better place.
  • Black Faculty and Staff Service Award: The Black Faculty and Staff Service Award honor one staff, faculty member or student who has made outstanding contributions and shown uncommon dedication and commitment to the organization's mission.

We are excited to celebrate the success of African American students at Fresno State! 

If you have any questions or would like to arrange for special accommodations, please email afamgrad@csufresno.edu or call (559) 278-4435.

Additional Information

  • For information regarding important dates and events for your graduation!
  • Are you thinking about attending graduate school? Deciding whether to attend, searching for the best program, and the application process can be difficult. The Career Development Center is here to guide you through the process.
  • Life After Graduation: You're ready to leave Fresno State and start a new chapter! Find information about your diploma and ways for you to continue to connect and utilize a number of resources available to you as a Fresno State alum!
  • Alumni Association. Your Bulldog Connection. For Life.  Be a part of the celebration! Join us at GradFest, a two-day event that is your one-stop-shop for all things graduation. Pick up your Grad Box, take your senior portrait, meet with your college graduate services, and most importantly...celebrate your success because you did it!

Information for Family and Guests

  • Graduates are encouraged to invite as many family members and friends as they would like.
  • Seating is not limited and there is no charge for admission or parking.
  • The beginning of the program is time-sensetive, therefore everyone is encouraged to be on time.
  • Graduates are required to report to the Save Mart Center at 2:30 p.m.
  • Please keep the 2:30 p.m. report time and 2:00 p.m. start time in mind when arranging lunch plans.

*Please note helium balloons are not permitted at the Save Mart Center.

Advertisement and Program Book

A souvenir program book with pictures of graduates and congratulatory advertisements is produced each year. Families, friends, churches, community organizations, academic departments, community businesses, and others may purchase advertisement space to salute the achievement of graduating students. Students may sell advertisements and those who sell $300 worth of advertisement space will have their participation fee reimbursed.

Congratulate a friend or get your club or organization to sponsor an advertisement honoring a graduate or all members of the class. The personal advertisement rates are for family and friends. Click here to download the Personal Advertisement Reservation Form, and Business/Campus Advertisement Form.

Graduates who sell $300 on advertisements for the Program Book will have the participation fee waived.

Personal Advertisement Rates

(FOR STUDENTS ONLY – CANNOT BE USED FOR BUSINESS)

Full Page (7”x9.5” – vertical only)                  $      225.00

Half Page (7”x4.75” – horizontal only)            $      125.00

Quarter Page (3”x5” – vertical only)               $        75.00

Business Card Size (3.5”x2” – horizontal only)$       55.00

 

Business Advertisement Rates

Full Page (7”x9.5” – vertical only)                  $      375.00

Half Page (7”x4.75” – horizontal only)           $      175.00

Quarter Page (3”x5” – vertical only)               $      125.00

Business Card Size (3.5”x2” – horizontal only)$    100.00

Email afamgrad@mail.fresnostate.edu for full page cover (inside front or inside back) prices. 

For more information contact:

Cross Cultural and Gender Center

Telephone: 559-278-4435

Email: afamgrad@csufresno.edu

The final advertisement copy is due Friday, April 3, 2020

Awards

Graduates may not be considered for special awards if forms are submitted after the April 17th, 2020 deadline.

Awards may include the following:

Community Service Award 

Click here for application

Academic Achievement Award

Undergraduates who have a 3.00 OVERALL grade point average are recognized for academic achievement.

Graduates who have a 3.5 OVERALL grade point average are also recognized for academic achievement

Highest Academic Achievement Award

Students with the highest grade point average are recognized for academic excellence

This award acknowledges graduates for dedication and commitment to helping make our campus and community a better place.

Black Faculty and Staff Service Award

The Black Faculty and Staff Service Award honors a staff, faculty member or student who has made outstanding contributions and shown uncommon dedication and commitment to the organization's mission.

Dates to Remember

The African American Graduation Program will be held at the

Save Mart Center on Saturday, May 16, 2020 from 3:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Graduates must report to the Save Mart Center at 2:30 p.m.!

DUE Dates to Remember:

  • Make an appointment for photos ................................... Friday, April 3, 2020
  • Advertisements for Booklet..............................................Friday, April 3, 2020
  • Commencement Fee ......................................................Friday, April 3, 2020
  • Graduation Ceremony Rehearsal................................... Thursday, May 14, 2020, 3:30 p.m., Save Mart Center. (come down the loading dock)
  • Graduation Ceremony ....................................................Saturday, May 16, Save Mart Center (students please arrive at 1:00 p.m.)

Right of Passage Ceremony

During the Rite of Passage Ceremony, each graduate will “walk” across the stage as his/her name is announced and will be draped in a Kente Cloth and presented with a diploma cover that will have a certificate which recognizes the graduate’s achievement.