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Pan- African Graduation Celebration

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Our PAGC History

Originating in 1986 for Sacramento State students, the African American Graduation Celebration has been a long tradition. As we continue to celebrate 36 years of academic accomplishments, this celebration continues to honor and acknowledge African-American students on campus. As we are transitioning into a new decade, we have become more inclusive of the entire African diaspora therefore changing the name of the celebration to the Pan African Graduation Celebration!

PAGC 2023 Information

The theme for the 2023 PAGC is: "Black Reemergence: Elevation & Evolution". Info session and registration dates for the graduation will be released soon! In the meantime, make sure you have applied to graduate!

If you would like to view PAGC 2022's photos and graduation slides, please see below.

Please email or if you have any questions or concerns.

 Instagram: @cwcsacstate

Facebook: @Cooper Woodson

Twitter: @Cwc_Enhancement

YouTube channel: CWC YouTube

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, email to 2. The speech must follow the graduation celebration theme, "Black Reemergence: Elevation & Evolution"” 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). Lastly, please include a cover sheet with your full name; theme title; telephone number; major; degree, and graduating term. 


Before the Celebration FAQs

How do I register for this event? 

You can register by clicking the link below!

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.

PAGC Planning Committee

If you are interested in becoming apart of the Spring 2023 PAGC Planning Committee, join us for our virtual weekly meetings every Wednesday from 12:00-1:00 pm.

Zoom ID: 782 126 4408

Event- Day FAQs

What day/time is the celebration?

The PAGC is Sunday May 7th from 6:30-8:30. 

Can I purchase a cap and gown?

Yes. Beverly Jones – An Ethnic Celebration will be accepting orders. She will be offering a 3 piece set that includes a Graduation Hat, Scarf, and matching mask. The price is $84.00 plus tax/postage. The 2 piece set includes a Graduation Hat and Scarf; the price is $72.00 plus tax/postage. Finally, the 4 piece set includes a Graduation Hat, Scarf, Mask, and Tassel and the cost is $93.00 plus tax/postage. You can view Ms. Beverly Jones' graduation sets here. To order, you can call in your payment by contacting 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. 

Will there be a commencement program?

Yes. Digital programs will be sent to each graduate!


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.

Graduate Slides

The 2023 Pan African Graduation slides will be posted once the celebration is complete! You can still view the slides from 2022 here.

Please contact or if you have any questions or concerns.

 Instagram: @cwcsacstate

Facebook: @Cooper Woodson

Twitter: @Cwc_Enhancement

YouTube channel: CWC YouTube


Download Graduate Slides

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