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.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THE CLASS OF 2019 - This year's ceremony will be held on May 5, 2019 from 2:00-4:00pm in Sarazen Student Union 240-243. 
CALLING FOR PICTURES  - If you have any pictures you would like us to feature during the celebration, please submit them by Friday, April 26, 2019, to Christa Grant, Director of the Damietta Center at cgrant@siena.edu.

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. 


Students wishing to attend the ceremony must register and RSVP online by Friday, April 26, 2019. 

Click to register - RSVP and/or Buy a Stole

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. Deadline to purchase the stole is Friday, April 26, 2019. Cash only. 

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.

If you are interested in being the student speaker, please submit your speech to cgrant@siena.edu by Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Criteria for speech: 
o  5 - 6 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.