The day before their regular commencement, College of The Redwoods hosted their first multicultural graduation–honoring their Native American, Black, Latinx, Asian Pacific Islander and Queer graduates of 2018.
The graduation was made possible through the efforts of students and the recently opened Multicultural Center at CR.
Over ten students graduated Friday, with plans to transfer to schools they were recently accepted into. Some will attend nearby Humboldt State and others will attend schools outside of the area.
Donel Arrington was accepted into the renowned Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. The program only accepts four transfer students a year. He was also accepted into Cal State Northridge, where he plans to attend if he is unable to acquire the funds needed for NYU.
Graduates shared poems, speeches, songs and gratitude for those who have helped them along–especially the faculty of color at CR–who were thanked multiple times by students.
Tammy Phrakonkham read a letter to future Asian Pacific Islander club members, a club that she founded at CR.
The gratitude expressed by these students speaks to the importance of diverse student populations on college campuses–in addition to diverse faculty and staff. Students see their success as attainable through positive role models who represent themselves and the communities they come from.
A tribute was made during the graduation for friends of graduates who are no longer with us. Emely Selina Carreno-Arenas and Michelle Segundo were two CR students who lost their lives in a car crash in May. HSU student David Josiah Lawson was also remembered as well as former CR student Lucas Dale Blake-Williams, whose body was found earlier this year on CR’s campus.
Graduates were given gifts from the current Director of the Multicultural Center and they also received gifts to give to their club advisors.
A reception with various types of food and treats was held in the multicultural center following the graduation.
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