Message from the Coordinator

Update: May 11, 2020

Dear Class of 2020:

As your undergraduate academic journey comes to an end, I know that you and your family looked forward to celebrating your achievement at the Chicano\Latino Commencement Celebration, where culture and family is also acknowledged and celebrated. Unfortunately, we find ourselves living under unprecedented times caused by COVID-19. In an effort to keep you and your family safe, all graduation events scheduled for this week had to be canceled. Although the desire to celebrate the class of 2020 in a proper ceremony still exists, no one knows when this may be possible. In the meantime, I want to congratulate you for achieving a major milestone - a university education. I applaud you for the perseverance and commitment that you displayed in reaching this goal. This same perseverance and commitment will help you overcome this challenging time. If you can earn a college degree during the time of COVID-19, you can achieve anything!

In lieu of an actual ceremony, the CLCC committee and I have been brainstorming ways to celebrate you, the class of 2020. We would like to provide a platform for you to share any graduation pictures or brief videos.  We have created the hashtag #CLCCFS2020. Use this # in your Twitter, Instagram or Tiktok posts and they will be displayed here (in Photo Galleries). We would like to share the following posts:

  • Selfies/pictures of you in graduation regalia (or at least in your decorated mortarboard/cap)
  • Pictures of you in graduation regalia with your parents/family
  • Short video shout-outs thanking your parents/family for supporting you during this journey
  • Pictures of you with fellow graduates
I know this does not compare to the actual event, but it is the least we can do at this time.

Please start posting NOW (May 11th) until May 17. Make sure your account is public.

Once again, congratulations to you and your family. Be proud and keep your head up! This time will pass.

Con Respeto,

Dr. Victor M. Torres, Coordinator

Chicano\Latino Commencement Celebration

Update: April 14, 2020

We continue to receive questions regarding the postponement of CLCC. As of today, we still do not have any new information besides the commitment of the Provost and the President to hold “an appropriate event at the appropriate time.” Unfortunately, it is not possible to determine the appropriate time at this moment. Nonetheless,  we are all incredibly proud of all that you have accomplished due to your dedication and perseverance. We also share your disappointment in the postponement of commencement ceremonies in which you would celebrate this milestone with your family and classmates. We continue to explore options for an in-person ceremony when it is safe to do so.

Chicano/Latino Commencement Celebration FEE

CLCC Graduation fee refunds (including additional sash and video) will be processed through your student account as well. We have requested that this process begin immediately. Please refer to the link below to ensure you are signed up for electronic refunds.Please make sure you are signed up for electronic refunds (We do not want a paper check to get lost in the mail). Please allow approximately four to six weeks to process.

Again, thank you for your cooperation and patience. The class of 2020 will NOT be forgotten!


April 1, 2020

Update on the impact of Covid-19 on CLCC


We will begin processing refunds to those that completed their payment to CLCC. We are exploring the most efficient and practical way to do this under the circumstances. We are working with the Accounting office to create a process where refunds will be processed without the student having to visit campus or fill-out any paperwork. The option that is being explored is refunding fees via Direct Deposit. This will require that students be signed up for Direct Deposit. We will provide details as we get them.


Alternative ways to celebrate your achievement are being explored. However, the changing nature of the covid-19 situation makes it difficult to plan an alternative event on a specific date because there is no way to know how long we have to practice social distancing. The last thing we want is for you or your family members (especially your parents and abuelitos/abuelitas) to be exposed to Covid-19. Everyone's health and well-being is our priority. Thank you for your patience.

March 20, 2020

Update on the impact of Covid-19 on CLCC: Message from the President

Commencement: Unfortunately, we will not be conducting commencement ceremonies in May as originally scheduled. This decision, informed by guidance from public health officials, was not made lightly. We will continue to explore how and when to celebrate Commencement 2020, depending on the quickly changing situation.


We fully understand the profound disappointment that ALL of you feel about the cancellation of this very special event - the largest manifestation of Latino/x academic success. For most of you, the first in your family to obtain a college degree, it would have been particularly special. Be assured that every attempt was made to avoid having to cancel this May celebration. The university remains committed to seeking an alternative, but given the recent state-wide "shelter in place" order, we are not optimistic this will be possible. Your HEALTH and WELL-BEING, and that of all your friends and family, is our primary concern.  


Chicano\Latino Commencement Celebration (CLCC)

The 44th annual Chicano/Latino Commencement Celebration will take place at the Save Mart Center on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 7pm. 

Please review the tabs on the left to learn more regarding various aspects of the commencement celebration process. 

PRIORITY for participation is given to students who meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • Completed degree requirements in summer or fall 2019
  • Applied to graduate for spring 2020 

If Space Permits, students who meet the following criteria will be considered:

  • Plans to complete all degree requirements in summer or fall 2020 (if this is your situation, please email with your name, student I.D. #, phone number, and term degree will be completed)
  • These students will be placed on a waiting list. After April 10, 2020, if space permits, they will be notified and allowed to register for the celebration.
  • NOTE: Students graduating BEYOND fall 2020 WILL NOT be considered for participation in CLCC  2020.

Click here to view a commemorative video illustrating the history of CLCC.