Celebrating Black Graduation 2023

  • Group of professors in academic regalia

    Professors and administrators in their academic regalia celebrate the graduates. From left to right, Nyla Dalferes, interim director, CSUN Career Center; Kandace Harris, interim assistant vice president, undergraduate studies; Ryan Mason (in red) senior coordinator of the Black House and Student Support Services; Cedric Hackett, associate professor Department of Africana Studies and director, DuBois-Hamer Institute for Academic Achievement; Shiva Parsa, director of Educational Opportunity Program; Monica Turner, lecturer, Department of Africana Studies and Marquita Gammage, department chair, Department of Africana Studies. Photo by David J. Hawkins.

  • A student in cap and gown in the foreground listens intently while seated in the audience

    A thoughtful moment at the Black Graduation celebration, May 14, 2023. Photo by David J. Hawkins.

  • A line of women in caps and gowns smile for the camera

    All smiles during commencement season! Photo by David J. Hawkins.

  • A graduate smiles as she crosses the stage at the Black Graduation ceremony

    A happy moment as a CSUN graduate crosses the stage during the Black Graduation celebration. Photo by David J. Hawkins.

Faculty members and administrators joined students and their families on May 14 for the annual Black Graduation celebration on the University Library lawn. The beloved tradition was introduced on campus in 1972 to celebrate student achievement. Check out this year’s event in photos.

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