New Event Celebrates Hispanic-Latino Graduates

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in collaboration with the Hispanic-Latino Association for students and the Latinx Faculty and Staff Association sponsored the first Hispanic-Latino Student Graduation Celebración on May 6.

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Carina Villarreal, a 2020 and 2022 UA graduate and past president of HLA, said the event was “something I dreamed of since my involvement began, and I’m glad to see it come to fruition.”

Dr. Jaime Garza, president of the Latinx Faculty and Staff Association, gave words of inspiration to graduating seniors and other students in attendance. Garza, whose parents immigrated to the United States from Mexico, said almost 50% of all Hispanic-Latino college students are first generation.

“There’s always going to be firsts for everything. This is the first HLA graduation….This is a scary step and you don’t what the future holds for you, but you’ve always got a home at the Capstone. We are here for you. This is where Legends Are Made, and you guys are the next generation of legends.”