Otter Cross Cultural Center

Affinity Ceremonies

Affinity Ceremonies, formerly known as Affinity Graduation Celebrations, honor the accomplishments and experiences of CSUMB graduates from hxstorically underrepresented communities. 

There are nine CSUMB Stole Ceremonies for graduating students: 

  • Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA)  
  • Black/African Heritage
  • Latiné 
  • Family Friendly (students with children) 
  • Native American 
  • Students with Disabilities (SADE) 
  • Rainbow (LGBTQ+) 
  • Undocu-Otters (undocumented students) 
  • Veterans (U.S. Armed Forces)

These celebrations offer keynote speakers, performances, and cultural celebrations separate from CSUMB's Commencement. Participation is free and graduates may register for each Affinity Ceremony they identify with.

Graduates who register for the Affinity Ceremonies will receive a stole and certificate upon completing their participation in that ceremony. Graduates who register but do not participate in the ceremony will not receive a stole and certificate.

Graduates should note that registering for Commencement does not automatically register them for the Affinity Ceremonies, nor does registering for the Affinity Ceremonies automatically register them for Commencement.


Affinity Ceremony Date Time Location
Rainbow Affinity Ceremony May 3, 2024  6 p.m. Otter Student Union, Ballroom
Latiné Affinity Ceremony May 4, 2024 3 p.m. RaboBank Stadium
Undocu-Otter Affinity Ceremony May 5, 2024 11 a.m. Otter Student Union, Ballroom
Veterans Affinity Ceremony May 9, 2024 6 p.m. Otter Student Union, Ballroom
Students with Disabilities Affinity Ceremony May 10, 2024 6 p.m. Otter Student Union, Ballroom
Native American Affinity Ceremony May 11, 2024 11 a.m. Otter Student Union, Ballroom
Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi (APIDA) Affinity Ceremony May 11, 2024 5 p.m. Otter Student Union, Ballroom
Family Friendly Affinity Ceremony May 12, 2024  11 a.m. Otter Student Union, Ballroom
Black/African Heritage Affinity Ceremony May 14, 2024 6 p.m. Otter Student Union, Ballroom


* Note that dates, times, and location are subject to change.

All information for Affinity Ceremonies are due by Sunday, April 7 at midnight. For questions, email the Otter Cross Cultural Center.

Register here

Volunteer at the 2024 Affinity Ceremonies

Whether you're a student, staff, or faculty member, there's a place for you at the Affinity Ceremonies. This year, the majority of ceremonies have once again grown in size. Apply now to volunteer and join us in honoring the hard work and accomplishments of our amazing students by submitting the Volunteer Form by Wednesday, April 27th.  Feel free to include any family, partners, or friends in your guest count. We look forward to your participation.

Questions? Please email