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Asian American/Pacific Islander/Desi American Graduate Recognition Ceremony

SCSJI is excited to introduce the first Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Graduation Recognition Ceremony for the graduating class of 2022! The ceremony highlights and celebrates the achievements and successes of all the graduating APIDA students. The ceremony provides an opportunity to pay homage to family, friends, faculty, staff, and administrators who have supported their journeys. We invite you to come and celebrate our students during this fun filled event!

When and Where Is It?
Asian Pacific Islander Desi America (APIDA) Graduates Recognition Ceremony

Wednesday, May 11th
Student Life Center- Ballroom

Who Can Participate?
Participation is open to all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who will earn their degree from Vanderbilt University in the designated academic year. Any student graduating in Spring 2022 or Summer 2022, or having already graduated in Fall of 2021, is eligible to participate. Students must register online before the deadline in order to guarantee participation and recognition in the printed program.

Please note that this celebration is held in addition to formal graduation events and is not a substitute for the official commencement ceremony.

How Do I Register? When Is Registration Due?
Registration is a requirement for participation. The registration form for the ceremony can be found HEREThe form must be completed by April 8th at 12:00 PM, but if you need to edit your form after the deadline, you will have multiple opportunities to make changes. Please email Kauthar Gaber, SCSJI Program Coordinator ( with any questions.

What about COVID-19?
The Student Center for Social Justice and Identity (SCSJI) is actively tracking Vanderbilt policies regarding events and will continue to communicate to you all on the status of the APIDA Graduation Recognition Ceremony 2022 as more updates are made available. We are excited and grateful to continue to plan for the celebration of our APIDA graduates!

Please email Kauthar Gaber at for more information about partnerships, collaborations, or general requests related to the APIDA Graduate Recognition Ceremony.

Note of Appreciation:

Special thanks to the South Asian Cultural Exchange Marketing Chairs, Megana Atluri and Riya Chinni, for making the graphic for APIDA! When asked to share their thoughts about creating the flyer:

“The APIDA community is a large part of my identity, and being able to give back to the community by making this logo was extremely rewarding and a huge honor.”-Megana

“I will always be grateful to be part of our APIDA community, and taking part in designing this APIDA logo is an experience that I’ll remember and cherish!”-Riya