New Event to Celebrate Graduating Hispanic-Latino Students

¡Que comience la celebración! (Let the celebration begin!)

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in collaboration with the Hispanic-Latino Association for students and the Latinx Faculty and Staff Association will sponsor the first Hispanic-Latino Student Graduation Celebracion Friday, May 6, at 9 a.m. in the Camellia and Yellowhammer rooms, Gorgas Library.

Juan “Caesar” Ramirez, a member of the Hispanic-Latino Association, will give student reflections. Carina Villarreal, past president of HLA, will give the charge to continuing students. Villarreal is a 2020 UA graduate and is set to receive her master’s degree at May commencement. Marcella Martinez, current president of HLA, will give remarks.

Graduating seniors and other students in attendance will hear words of inspiration from the Latinx Faculty and Staff Association, which is headed by Dr. Jaime Garza, coordinator of recovery services for Collegiate Recovery and Intervention Services.

A reception will be held following the recognition of the graduates.

Graduating seniors planning to participate in this event are asked to complete the Qualtrics form by April 23. Other guests who plan to attend should RSVP to with their name and affiliation (department or organization).

For more information, contact the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at 205-348-2053 or

“Latinos are diversity—they are a cultural and ethnic group, not a race. Latinos are brown, Black, white, yellow, and all the beautiful hues in between. Some Latinos have ancestors who were here before this country was the United States. Others have recently immigrated. Our extended families are composed of multiple generations. These differences drive inclusive leadership rooted in the culture’s expansive diversity. ” Juana Bordas, motivational speaker, workshop presenter and author of “The Power of Latino Leadership”