City College Honors 2024 Black Graduates with Celebration of Excellence

City College's ASHÉ Center and Black Student Success programs hosted a second-annual Black graduation celebration, honoring spring 2024 graduates. The event featured cultural performances, food, and words of encouragement from college officials, celebrating the achievements of Black students.

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City College Honors 2024 Black Graduates with Celebration of Excellence

City College Honors 2024 Black Graduates with Celebration of Excellence

On May 2, City College's ASHÉ Center and Black Student Success programs hosted their second-annual Black graduation celebration party at the City College Student Center. The event honored the achievements of Black student graduates who will be graduating in the spring of 2024.

The celebration began with a special tribute to Taylor McClure, a student who passed away on January 14, 2024. General counseling student support specialist Donnaven Bradley, the MC of the night, welcomed McClure's family and honored them with a scented candle with signatures of friends written on it.

Why this matters: This celebration highlights the importance of recognizing and supporting underrepresented communities in higher education, particularly in the face of adversity. By honoring the achievements of Black student graduates, City College sets a positive example for other institutions to follow, promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in academia.

The event featured music, food, and cultural performances, including a routine step performance by a group within the Black Student Union, accompanied by a poetry speech. The graduates and their guests enjoyed a variety of dishes, including greens, baked chicken, sausage, mac-N-cheese, ribs, and roast, as well as salad and vegan options.

City College President Albert Garcia and Director and Manager of Student Services Davin Brown offered words of encouragement and congratulations to the Black graduates. "We are so proud of all you have accomplished and overcome to reach this milestone," said Garcia. "Your resilience, determination, and excellence inspire us all."

Graduates Intrigue Moron and Charnee Burgin shared their future plans, with Moron planning to pursue autistic therapy and Burgin planning to continue her studies at Sac State in the fall 2024 semester. The celebration concluded with mingling, socializing, and dancing.

Two more celebrations are scheduled in the coming weeks to further honor the achievements of Black students. A Celebration of Excellence and Achievement for students of African Descent will be held on May 10, followed by the City College graduation ceremony on May 16 at Hughes Stadium for the class of 2024.

The Black graduation celebration at City College showcased the accomplishments, resilience, and promise of the 2024 Black student graduates. As they move forward to pursue their dreams and make their mark on the world, the City College community stands united in support and admiration of these exceptional individuals.

Key Takeaways

  • City College's ASHÉ Center and Black Student Success programs hosted a Black graduation celebration.
  • The event honored 2024 Black student graduates with music, food, and cultural performances.
  • City College President Albert Garcia and Director Davin Brown offered words of encouragement and congratulations.
  • Two more celebrations are scheduled: a Celebration of Excellence on May 10 and the City College graduation on May 16.
  • The event promoted diversity, equity, and inclusion in academia, recognizing underrepresented communities.