Día de Reconocimiento – an LMU tradition – celebrates and recognizes the academic and personal achievements of our Latino students. Día de Reconocimiento also gives graduating students an opportunity to recognize and thank family members and friends for the support throughout their educational journey. Although this celebration has a cultural emphasis, Día de Reconocimiento is open to all graduating LMU students (including undergraduate, graduate/doctoral candidates) completing a degree in the 2019 spring, summer or fall term but space is limited.
FAQ's About Día de Reconocimiento
What is Día de Reconocimiento?
Día de Reconocimiento is a Latino graduation celebration and recognition ceremony hosted by Chicano Latino Student Services in the department of Ethnic and Intercultural Services.
The purpose of the ceremony is to celebrate students' personal success and academic achievements in the Latino spirit and tradition. The celebration is dedicated to the families of our students and it is a bilingual program. The event is open to all graduating students (undergraduate and graduate), but space is limited.
The event allows graduates the opportunity to thank those who have helped them throughout their educational careers. Each graduate is given the opportunity to recognize their parent(s) or loved one(s) with an appreciation plaque presented at the event.
What does my fee include?
Your fee includes a catered reception and recognition ceremony, which also includes a custom appreciation plaque for you to present at the event, memory book, your own personalized dedication in the memory book, and a cultural sash to commemorate the event.
How many guests may I invite?
You will be given 4 reception tickets to distribute as you wish. Due to space limitations we will not be able to grant additional tickets, we understand this may be challenging for larger families. We encourage you to plan ahead and discuss with your loved ones.
When is Día de Reconocimiento?
The celebration is traditionally held the week before general University Commencement. This year it will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. The celebration, including mass, recognition ceremony, and reception will be approximately four hours long.
Who can participate?
Any LMU student completing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Spring, Summer or Fall 2019. Space is limited, so every attempt will be made to accommodate those who are interested in participating.
I am not Chicano or Latino, may I still participate?
Absolutely! This celebration is open to all LMU students, but does provide a Latino cultural atmosphere and it is a bilingual program.
How do I register?
We ask that you register by Friday, February 25, 2019. By registering by the priority deadline, you will be guaranteed your name and picture in the memory book and will be included in the recognition ceremony. To register, simply submit the RSVP form and minimum deposit by the due date, no exceptions.
Where can I or my guests park?
Parking is available for free on campus.
If guests need special accommodations, whom should I contact?
If you or your guests need special accommodations (wheelchair access, etc.), please inform CLSS at firstname.lastname@example.org about your needs after you register. Accommodations will be handled on a case-by-case basis, but please be considerate of informing us in advance so that we have proper and ample time to make preparations.
Who plans the celebration?
The celebration is hosted by Ethnic & Intercultural Services - Chicano Latino Student Services (CLSS) with the help of graduating seniors and other students. The mass is coordinated in collaboration with our friends in Campus Ministry.
Where do we meet the day of the graduate celebration?
Check-in and lineup will begin at 8 a.m. in front of the Sacred Heart Chapel. All graduates must arrive and be checked-in by 9:00 a.m. If you would like to walk/sit with your friends, you must be on time. Please direct your family and friends inside the chapel. Your guests cannot walk in with you during the graduate procession.
When is the mandatory Informational Session?
All students planning to participate in the graduate celebration must attend one of the following two Mandatory Info Sessions. Date, time and location of informational sessions will be emailed to all participants at a later date. Each info session should last approximately a half an hour.
What can I do if I missed the mandatory Informational Session?
Informational sessions regarding participation and logistics will be arranged by CLSS staff. Date, time and location of informational sessions will be emailed to all participants at a later date. Informational sessions are mandatory for participation, and no make-up sessions will offered.