SBVC Recognizes Latinx and Black Grads in Drive-Through Celebrations
San Bernardino Valley College celebrated the many accomplishments of our Hispanic, Chicano, and Latinx graduates during its annual Nuestra Graduación. This celebration, presented by the Latino Faculty, Staff & Administrators Association on commemorated the achievements of the Latino Wolverines graduating in 2021. The event consisted of a celebratory livestream featuring congratulatory words from SBVC President Diana Z. Rodriguez and LFSAA President Ed Gomez. A special video recognized the graduates by displaying their photo and who inspired them to earn their degree or certificate. Many participants were first-generation college students who, with the help of their family, peers and our faculty and staff, were able to achieve a milestone that past generations were unable to accomplish. Graduates were then able to come to campus to pick up a colorful serape stole in a drive-through celebration. A day prior, the Black Faculty and Staff Association hosted the Back Grad Pull Up and Pick Up Event. This annual Black Graduate Recognition Celebration commemorated the many achievements of SBVC’s African American students graduating this spring. In conjunction with Commencement, the exciting event aimed to celebrate the culture, heritage, and accomplishments of our African American community on campus. As each car pulled through the campus parking lot, students were given a colorful Kente stole and treated to several live dance performances. The Kente Ceremony allowed graduates to recognize the contributions and sacrifices of their ancestors, as well as to acknowledge the friends, family members, faculty, and classified professionals who have helped them achieve their goals.