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Pan- African Graduation Celebration


If you have any questions regarding graduation, please email or for more information.

Pan African Graduation Celebration 2024

Interested in being a Graduation Speaker?

All graduating student scholars are extended the opportunity to actively participate in the graduation ceremony as a “Graduation Speaker.”

If you are interested in speaking at the African-American Graduation Celebration, please adhere to the following speech guidelines:

  1. Submit a 3-5 minute typed speech.
  2. The speech must follow the graduation celebration theme, "Homecoming: Transcending Our Divine Frequency” and must be clear, concise, and to the point. The speech must also be typed in a 12 point font using APA format with one inch margins (top & bottom).
  3. Lastly, please include a cover sheet with your full name; theme title; telephone number; major; degree, and graduating term. The deadline to submit your speech is Friday, March 29th at 5pm.
  4. Upload document:

Interested in Volunteering for PAGC?


Register to Volunteer for PAGC

Before the Celebration FAQs

How do I register for this event?

You can register by clicking the link below! Registration Deadline is April 17th, 2024

Register to Attend the Celebration!

Who can participate in the celebration?

This celebration continues to honor and acknowledge African American students on campus.

Does it Cost?

No, this celebration is completely free!

How do I change my name or use my preferred name for the event?

Please include your preferred name when you register for the PAGC.

How does the Student Conduct Code apply to the celebration?

Students will be removed from the celebration if they are not adhering to the Student Conduct Code.

Do I need to apply to graduate?

Yes, Undergraduate students should go to the Graduation Advising webpage for information on applying to graduate. Graduate students must apply to graduate through the Office of Graduate Studies.

Can I purchase a cap and gown?

Yes. Beverly Jones – AN ETHNIC CELEBRATION will be accepting orders.

Packages include:

  • 2 piece set includes a Graduation Hat and Scarf; the price is $72.00 plus tax/postage. Finally,
  • 3 piece set includes a Graduation Hat, Scarf, and matching mask for $84.00 plus tax/postage.
  • 4 piece set includes a Graduation Hat, Scarf, Mask, and Tassel for $93.00 plus tax/postage.

To order: please contact Ms. Beverly Jones; her number is 925-372-7612. However, if you wish to pay through Venmo, her cell phone number is 510-943-22465. Last day to order: April 28th, 2023

Please come into the Cooper-Woodson office to check out more prints:

Mondays: 10am-4pm, Tuesdays: 10am-1pm and Fridays: 10am-2pm



A division of African Imports, LLC

They offer one of the largest inventories of graduation kente stoles. They sell Graduation, Sorority, Fraternity, Traditional, Multicultural, LGBT, Serape and Satin stoles.

Most of their stoles can be custom designed and/or logos added.

If product is avaibale online, next day shipping

Custom orders, 2-week shipping

Phone: 270-684-1818



Order Kente Clothes HERE

2024 Gradfest

CWC Gradfest will be on Tuesday, March 26 (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) & Wednesday, March 27 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)

Grad Fest is a huge event for graduating students happening in the Hornet Bookstore!

  • Graduate school programs and more!
  • Alumni Association membership and gear!
  • Commencement registration
  • ASI Student Shop regalia (cap and gown) purchases
  • Graduation portraits
  • Class rings, diploma frames, announcements, and other merchandise!

Need Graduation Photos?

Book your session with Nicole Fowler Photography


Book Now!

Still need to upload your graduation photo?


Upload graduation photo here!

Event- Day FAQs

What day/time is the celebration?

Sunday May 12th, 2024 from 6:30pm-8:30pm, doors open at 6:00pm

Graduation Rehearsal

PAGC rehearsal is MANDATORY for all Graduates, rehearsal will take place in the University Ballroom, on May 12th, 2024 at 10AM-11AM.

Graduate Group Photo

4:30pm-5:00pm outside the University Union

Will there be a commencement program?

Yes. Digital programs will be sent to each graduate. Programs will also be avaliable at commencement.

PAGC Planning Committee

If you are interested in becoming a part of the Spring 2024 PAGC Planning Committee, join us for our virtual meetings every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month, from 12pm-1pm.

Zoom ID: 885 2684 8409

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2023 PAGC Photos


View Pan-African Graduation Celebration 2023 Photos

Additional Pan-African Graduation Celebration 2023 Photos

Graduate Slides


You can now view the 2023 Pan African Graduation slides here.

Pan-African Graduation 2023 Slideshow

To view the graduate slides in slideshow mode, click the button above, then open the PDF from your computer's Downloads folder.

Become a Member of the Black Alumni Chapter

Become a member of the Black Alumni Chapter

Be sure to select the "Black Alumni Chapter" at the bottom of the form.