UWS Students Celebrated At Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Ceremony

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: May 18, 2018 11:16 PM

SUPERIOR - A group of students from UWS was recognized in a unique and intimate ceremony Friday for their involvement in diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus.

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This wasn't your typical graduation ceremony though. Diplomas weren't given out yet, but students did receive their graduation stoles and they were able to invite as many people as they wanted to the event.

The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Graduation Ceremony was held at the Thorpe Langley Auditorium. The event recognizes students' involvement in student centers like First Nations, Gender Equity Resource Center, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Veteran and Nontraditional Student Center.

It's the first time the centers are brought together for this ceremony. The event was special and unique because students had the opportunity to thank loved ones.

"Students had the opportunity to provide notes of thanks to family members, faculty and staff that had contributed to their success here. Not only do they get to hear their own name called, but the faculty and staff also get to feel that impact that they had on that student,” Dr. Jerel Benton, the UWS director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, said.

The ceremony also let the audience know each students accomplishments at UWS. It recognized the added efforts and barriers these students went through as veterans, parents, spouses, and international students to finish school.

A reception was held afterwards to honor the graduates with their family, friends, and faculty.

The students will also be part of Saturday’s spring commencement ceremony where over 500 graduates will receive their diplomas.


Alejandra Palacios

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