Otter Cross Cultural Center

Black Grad

The 2019 Black Grad will be held Friday, May 17, following Commencement Ceremonies (6:30-9:00 p.m.)

Driving Directions: Commencement to Black Grad Ceremony

Special Keynote- Nate Howard

Nate Howard is a professional speaker, poet, educator, and social entrepreneur. In May 2013, Nate made the front page of the LA Times for sparking a movement against racial profiling after 79 LAPD officers shut down his event at USC. Realizing someone was attempting to tell his story, he founded Movement BE, a non-profit organization that helps young people discover their story.

With the motto of “tell your story before they do,” Movement BE has directly impacted thousands of students across the country and even the world. Nate was selected on the inaugural NBCBLK28 list as on of the top 28 black leaders in the nation under 28 years old. He was later featured on the Today Show as one of the "Best and Brightest: Game Changers Making History." Most recently Nate was honored in his hometown of San Diego as the " Young Entrepreneur of the Year."

Special Performance- Akoma Arts

Akoma is comprised of music and visual arts professionals from several different arts backgrounds and experiences. Akoma provides a journey of the African Drum and percussion. Members of Akoma take you on a musical journey blending poly-rhythmic lush vocals and dance, bring to life the cultural connections to West. African, African American, Afro-Cuban and the Afro-Brazilian experiences.

Tickets coming soon!

Congratulations graduates of the Black Graduation of 2018!

See some of the memorable moments of the Black graduation.