Black Graduation honors students for their achievements

Charlie Kaijo

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CSUN graduates receiving their master's degree bow their heads for a prayer during the Black graduation ceremony held at the lawn behind Manzanita Hall, Sunday. Charlie Kaijo/Senior Staff

CSUN graduates receiving their master’s degree bow their heads for a prayer during the Black graduation ceremony held at the lawn behind Manzanita Hall, Sunday. Charlie Kaijo/Senior Staff

Students, faculty, and family members gathered together late Sunday afternoon to celebrate the Black Graduation ceremony held on the lawn behind Manzanita Hall.

Anthony Ratcliff, pan-african studies professor, introduced the Spring 2013 commencement theme, “Whatever is mentally conceivable is physically achievable”.

The ceremony celebrated the achievements of CSUN’s African-American students, and keynote speakers such as Assemblymember Isadore Hall III spoke on the growing 電子ピアノ買い取りsuccess of young African-American men and women.

“African American students are matriculating and maturing to higher levels. There’s no reason to fear the education of a black woman and a black man, but there’s every reason to praise them.”

Over 140 graduates, including 14 graduates receiving their masters degree, attended the event.

Amber Grace Canyon, journalism major, received the highest GPA award.

“It’s been tough dealing with school and finances. The most difficult part of school was being a full-time student and working and putting my all into both,” Canyon said.

 

CSUN graduates walk to their seats before the Black graduation ceremony at the lawn behind Manzanita Hall, Sunday. Photo credit: Charlie Kaijo / Senior Staff

CSUN graduates walk to their seats before the Black graduation ceremony at the lawn behind Manzanita Hall, Sunday. Photo credit: Charlie Kaijo / Senior Staff

Enthused graduates dance in celebration of receiving their diplomas during the Black graduation ceremony, Sunday. Photo credit by Charlie Kaijo/Senior Staff

Enthused graduates dance in celebration of receiving their diplomas during the Black graduation ceremony, Sunday. Photo credit: Charlie Kaijo / Senior Staff

Political science major with a concentration in law and society, Joshua Thompson, gives a speech to CSUN graduates during the black graduation ceremony held at the lawn behind Manzanita Hall, Sunday. Photo credit by Charlie Kaijo/Senior Staff

Political science major with a concentration in law and society, Joshua Thompson, gives a speech to CSUN graduates during the black graduation ceremony held at the lawn behind Manzanita Hall, Sunday. Photo credit: Charlie Kaijo / Senior Staff