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CSUSB’S Latino Graduation To Feature Chicana Author And Poet

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SAN BERNARDINO – Cal State San Bernardino’s Association of Latino Faculty, Staff and Students will present its Sixth Annual Latino Graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 2, at 2:30 p.m. in Coussoulis Arena on campus. Latino Grad consists of a festive small-scale commencement ceremony complete with musical entertainment, a keynote speaker and a reception afterward at the John M. Pfau Library.

The event is free to guests and the general public; graduates pay a $20 donation when they register to cover the cost of a cultural sash they receive at the ceremony. Graduates must register and RSVP online by Wednesday, May 30, at the ALFSS website at HYPERLINK "http://alfss.csusb.edu/"http://alfss.csusb.edu. Parking is complimentary in Lot G sponsored by CSUSB’s Parking Services.

“Latino Grad has gained momentum from its inception more than five years ago,” said Carmen Murillo-Moyeda, president of ALFSS. “Each year, more and more students participate in this awesome recognition event that celebrates their achievements. Many are the first in their families to attend and graduate from college.” This year’s keynote speaker will be Michele Serros, author and poet of Chicana literature who was named by Newsweek magazine as "one of the top young women to watch for in the new century."

Serros’ first book of poetry and short stories, “Chicana Falsa and other stories of Death, Identity and Oxnard,” was published in 1993 while she was a still a student at Santa Monica City College. This collection of short stories quickly became required reading at many U.S. high schools and universities. Serros, who graduated cum laude from UCLA in 1996 and was named distinguished scholar majoring in Chicana/o studies, is currently working on her latest novel, “A (sorta) Unmarried Mexican.”

CSUSB President Albert Karnig will address these graduates one last time before he retires from the university this summer. Other speakers include Frank Rincon, vice president of student affairs, and César Caballero, dean of the Pfau Library. About a dozen university faculty will also participate in draping the sashes on the graduates. Last year more than 2,000 guests and graduates attended the special ceremony. All graduating students are invited to participate, although it will specifically recognize graduating students of Latin American descent.

Since 1986, ALFSS has awarded more than $140,000 in scholarships. For more information about the scholarship fund or to make a donation, visit the ALFSS website at HYPERLINK "http://alfss.csusb.edu/"http://alfss.csusb.edu. Concluding the ceremony, a reception co-hosted by the John M. Pfau Library will be held at the library’s north patio which will include music provided by the CSUSB Jazz Ensemble.

Other CSUSB clubs and organizations recognizing specific cultural groups are the Black Faculty, Staff and Students Association, which will present its 19th annual Black Graduation recognition ceremony on Saturday, June 2, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the university’s Coussoulis Arena, and the Asian Faculty, Staff and Students Association, which held its celebration on May 17 in the Obershaw Dining Room.

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