Black Grad

Black Commencement 2022

The 47th annual Black Grad Commencement Ceremony will be hosted on Saturday June 4th, 2022 at 3 PM in the Quarry Amphitheater. Friends and family are welcome at this event! Registration for Black Grad is now closed. 

In addition to our cultural celebration, we will also host an ABC Slug Crossing on Thursday June 9, 2022, from 4:00 PM -5:00 PM for any students who identify as African, Black, or Caribbean. Please register for Slug Crossing on the UCSC Commencement Website. Please use the Commencement Checklist to stay up to date with registration deadlines, regalia information, and other graduation related events. 

Information Session


The History of Black Grad

For decades, the African American Resource and Cultural Center has been hosting the annual Black Grad ceremony. Each year we come together to celebrate and honor our graduating ABC seniors on their amazing accomplishments. 

Black Grad is the AARCC's largest event of the year drawing in more than 800 students and their loved ones. During the ceremony there are lively performances, powerful keynote speakers, and the graduates are given a chance to say a few words upon receiving their Kente stole. 

The Kente cloth is deeply rooted in Ghanaian culture and has become a symbol of pride for descendants of the African Diaspora. The donning of these stoles continue to acknowledge the amazing accomplishments and achievements made possible through their hard work, as well as the love, support, and contributions given to them by their family and ancestors. For questions, please email AARCC's Director,