Details for 2024 celebrations will be announced in spring 2024.

NYU Cultural and Identity-based Graduations were established to recognize students from historically marginalized groups and the impacts they have made on NYU. Cultural graduations and identity-based graduations provide a time for students to reflect on their accomplishments, celebrate the richness and diversity of their communities, and acknowledge those who have supported them along the way. Graduating students attending the ceremonies will receive a token (e.g., stole, cord, pin) as a symbol of their connection to a cultural/identity-based community. While they highlight the achievements of particular cultural and identity-based groups, these graduation ceremonies are open to participation by anyone in the NYU community. 


The NYU Cultural and Identity-based Graduations are planned in partnership with cultural/identity-based student groups, the Center for Student Life, the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs (CMEP) and the LGBTQ+ Center (within the Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation), the Gallatin School of Individualized Studies, the Office of Dean of Students, and the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life.

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APID/A Graduation

APID/A Graduation celebrates and recognizes all graduating students who identify as part of the Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi (APID/A) diaspora.

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Black Graduation

Black Graduation celebrates and recognizes all graduates who identify as Black or part of the African diaspora.

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Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life End of Year Ceremony

The End of Year ceremony, hosted by the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life, celebrates the graduating Jewish students at NYU and recognizes the contributions of Jewish student leaders.

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First Generation Graduation

The First Generation Graduation celebrates graduating seniors who are the first, or among the first, in their families to earn a bachelor's degree.

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Latine Graduation

Latine Graduation celebrates and recognizes all graduating students who identify as Latine or a part of the Latin American diaspora.

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Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation celebrates and recognizes all graduating LGBTQ+ students, as well as NYU students, staff, faculty, alumni, and student organizations, for their positive impacts toward LGBTQ+ inclusivity and equity.

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Native Graduation

Native Graduation, hosted by the Native Studies Forum and Native American and Indigenous Student Group (NAISG), celebrates graduating Native and Indigenous students at NYU.