Celebratory Programs

The Annual Black & Latine/x Graduation Celebration Mosaic lotus in circle

This event celebrates the wonderful achievements of UMBC’s Black and Latine/x graduating seniors and graduate students. Black and Latine/x students have been historically underrepresented in post-secondary degree attainment and have overcome incredible odds to succeed and make an invaluable contribution to the wider UMBC community.

This ceremony is in recognition of this milestone for our Black and Latine/x students and is an evening to be in community with all the staff, faculty, alumni, and loved ones that have supported them. Seniors and graduate students graduating in Spring and Fall 2022 will be recognized and receive a Black and Brown honor cord and a special CBLA Black and Brown pin! Award categories will encompass student, staff, faculty, and programmatic efforts, including recognition for Black and Latine/x community members and their allies. Family and friends of graduates are encouraged to attend.

The Annual Lavender Graduation Celebration Progressive Pride flag in Retriever icon

Every May since 2014, this annual evening celebration highlights the wonderful achievements of UMBC’s LGBTQ+ graduating seniors, graduate students, and their allies. This large ceremony serves as a time for all LGBTQ+ and ally community members to be recognized and to reflect together. LGBTQ+ students overcome incredible odds to succeed and make a difference at UMBC. This ceremony is in recognition of the achievements of LGBTQ+ students and to all the allied staff, faculty, alumni, and programs that work to support them. This ceremony includes an award component with various categories to award them for their efforts and achievements of the previous year. LGBTQ+ seniors and grad student graduates are celebrated and recognized with lavender cords.

Pangea: UMBC’s Annual Cultural Showcase Mosaic lotus in circle

Pangea is a UMBC Cultural Showcase celebrating the campus community and the unique and beautiful diversity in our student body and our Cultural and Ethnic Student Organizations. This showcase grew out of a student-driven idea and brings our community together, allowing cultural and ethnic student organizations to share their culture.