IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THE CLASS OF 2021 - ALANA and Lavender Celebration of Achievement is postponed until further notice.

Every May, the Damietta Cross-Cultural Center hosts a pre-commencement commemoration to celebrate the accomplishments of graduating students of LGBTQ+ and ALANA identities (African-American/Black, Latina/o, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indigenous/Native American and other students of color) as well as allies. Our celebration acknowledges the contributions our ALANA and LGBTQ+ seniors have made to Siena, both individually and collectively.


About the ceremony

Each graduating senior who participates in the ceremony will be recognized during the program. Graduates, along with their family members and friends, are also invited to the post-ceremony reception. 

Graduating seniors are required to arrive in the Sarazen Student Union by 1:30 pm to check in and line up to enter into the venue. 

Any student with a disability who needs accommodations should contact the Damietta Cross-Cultural Center directly two weeks prior to the ceremony. 


Registration Information will be provided 2 months prior to ceremony.

Student Attire & Stole

All graduating participants should wear their cap and gown to attend the ceremony. Students are also encouraged to wear their cultural or traditional garments to the celebration.

Graduating seniors will receive a Kente stole during the ceremony. The cost of the stole is $10. Students can purchase the stole at the Damietta Cross-Cultural Center.


Graduating Senior Speaker

We invite all student participants to consider applying to speak at the ceremony. One applicant will be selected to serve as the senior speaker by the committee.

Criteria for speech: 

o  3-4 minutes in length

o  The speech should reflect your experience at Siena. Your perspective should be relatable to your audience, students of color and LGBTQ+ students in particular. 

o  The content of the speech should focus on the contribution that students from diverse backgrounds have made on our campus and should celebrate their achievements at Siena. It is important to acknowledge the unique challenges students of color and LGBTQ+ students face historically, educationally, economically, politically, as well as socially.