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Latino Graduate Reception

The Latino Graduate Reception is a celebration of our Latino and Latina students at California State University San Marcos.

The event is hosted and sponsored by LAFS in collaboration with other campus programs and departments. The reception has been well attended with over 350 guests each year. The Latino Graduate Reception does not replace the University Commencement Ceremony. Graduates are encouraged to attend both.

The date for this year's ceremony is currently undetermined.

Who is this reception for? Our CSUSM Latino graduates and their families primarily, but we welcome faculty, staff, administrators and our external community partners to celebrate our graduates academic success.

Is there a cost? No. The event is free to our graduates and four (4) guests (children two years and under are considered as part of the guest count.)  This event would not be possible without the support of our community, faculty, staff and administrators. Each year their monetary support helps the success of the event. We welcome donations from our alumni and Latino community in order to continue our celebration in honor of our Latino and Latina students! Make a donation.

What is the event's agenda? The event opens with welcoming remarks from the LAFS president and the President of the University. The President is followed by a keynote speaker. Students are then called to be recognized and may have an opportunity to address the attendees for a brief moment (optional). It is truly a rewarding event for the graduates and all other attendees.

What is the dress code? Graduates, CAP AND GOWN IS MANDATORY. Dress code is business-casual for other attendees.

What are stoles? Stoles are a scarf-like accessory worn by the graduates over their shoulders with vibrant colors and with the University name. Students are encouraged to wear their stoles as a symbol of "orgullo" (pride) at the Latino Graduate Reception and the Commencement Ceremony.  Information regarding stole purchases will be made available as the date draws closer.

Why is a picture of me in my cap and gown needed? We require all graduates to submit a picture in their cap and gown for the event presentation at the Latino Graduate Reception. We want to keep consistency and showcase you in a professional manner. Please keep in mind that failure to submit  a picture will result in a generic image for you in our presentation.

Where should I send my graduate picture? If you did not sign up for a photo shoot session, submit your picture to 

What are the graduate picture guidelines? We ask that you adhere to the following: Submit a clear single head shot picture of you in your cap & gown, preferably in front of a solid background and submit your picture in a ".JPG" image file format. For further questions regarding the graduate photo requirement, please email 

General Questions: 

Latino Graduate Recognition
RSVP will open on March 30, 2018

Latino Stoles
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For questions: Email Celia Martinez at 

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