MSA Students in Stoles holding Graduation Celebration Signs

Multicultural Graduation

Multicultural Graduation is an annual student-centered ceremony that celebrates the diversity in the graduating class. As we have supported our students during their time at NC State, we also want them to feel supported and uplifted as they go out into the world with their degrees. At NC State, this tradition allows community members to pause, reflect and be inspired. While we aim to make this an inclusive space, this event centers the journey of graduating undergraduates, master’s and doctoral students from diverse backgrounds.

Part of the tradition of Multicultural Graduation is connecting to our heritage and roots; this is typically done by sharing experiences from alumni, honoring graduates with Kente stoles and the intergenerational transmission of knowledge through narratives.

Graduation 2023

This year’s Multicultural Graduation and Reception will be the Thursday, May 4, 2023.

Who: Multicultural Graduates with their friends, families, and supporters across NC State
What: Celebrate the diversity in the graduating class.
When: Thursday, May 4, 2023, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Talley Student Union’s Ballroom

Please join us! Invite your friends, families, and supporters to celebrate this momentous occasion!
RSVP to join us and celebrate our graduating students!

RSVP as a guest for Multicultural Graduation.

Please email MSA Interim Director Dave Johnson at with questions or for more information

Past Graduations

Our 2022 graduation theme was “Livin’ My Life,” celebrating our 2022 graduates doing their thing, overcoming trying times, and living their best lives. Be on the lookout for photos from the 2022 Multicultural Graduation celebration.

Our 2021 graduation theme focused on elevating the personal growth, learning, innovation and community unification that has come during these times. Take a look back at events and motivations for “Liberation in Spite Of…”, and our 2021 graduates.