Multicultural Graduation Celebration honors 2013
graduatesK-State Alumni Communications
17, graduates gathered at the Alumni Center to celebrate their success,
accomplishments and diversity. The Multicultural Graduation Celebration
honors multicultural students graduating in May, August or December. The event
is designed to be an evening of fun, with door prizes and food.
students in attendance received achievement certificates, four students selected
by the Multicultural Alumni Council and K-State Alumni Association board of
directors were recognized with Multicultural Leadership Awards. Recipients are
nominated by members of the faculty and staff.
"We are proud to honor
these students for their years of service and leadership through multicultural
organizations and activities," said Alumni Association President and CEO Amy
Button Renz. "The results of their efforts in encouraging diversity will leave
lasting marks on the university."
Myra Gordon, associate provost of
the Office of Diversity, spoke to students about leadership and important
steps they should each take as they strive to succeed in life. The members
of the Multicultural Alumni Council also spoke to the newly minted alumni and
encouraged them to stay connected and involved with K-State. Graduating
students were able to share personal stories and memories about their time at
Jessica Elmore, assistant director of multicultural programs for
the K-State Alumni Association, said, "This event is special because students
and family members are able to engage with Dr. Myra Gordon and Amy Button Renz
in a personal and intimate way. Students' family members get to see their them
recognized for such a milestone accomplishment; one student had 16 family
members in attendance."
The Multicultural Graduation Celebration not only
recognizes students, but also is an opportunity for them to connect and say
their farewells before the chaos of graduation parties, out-of-town guests,
residence hall move-outs and more.
Photos Dave Mayes. More photos
available on the K-State Multicultural Alumni Council Facebook page