Diversity recognition ceremonies planned for graduates

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Special recognition ceremonies for Latino, Asian and Pacific Islander, Native American and African-American members of the University of Notre Dames graduating class will be held May 16 to 18 (Friday to Sunday) on campus.

The Latino Recognition Ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. May 16 in Washington Hall.Rev. Tom Eckert, C.S.C., former director of Latino ministries at Notre Dame, will address 77 graduating Latino seniors and their families and friends. A 1995 and 2002 alumnus, Father Eckert will receive a masters degree in Spanish literature at the Universitys Graduate School Commencement ceremony May 17.

The Asian and Pacific Islander Recognition Ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. May 17 in the Annenberg Auditorium of the Snite Museum of Art.Notre Dame alumnus Son Nguyen, a graduate student at Columbia University and former assistant director of undergraduate admissions at Notre Dame, will speak to the assembly, which will include 71 graduating seniors.

The Native American Recognition Ceremony, at which 12 students will be honored, will take place at 2 p.m. May 17 at Legends Restaurant.Arthur M. Taylor, Native American tribal liaison at the University of Iowa and former assistant director for Notre Dames Multicultural Student Programs and Services, will address the graduating seniors and their families and friends.

The African-American Recognition Ceremony will be held at 8:30 a.m. May 18 at Washington Hall.Catherine L. Hughes, founder of Radio One and 2008 honorary degree recipient, will speak to the 75 graduating seniors and their guests.

The special recognition ceremonies have been organized by the Universitys Multicultural Student Programs and Services.

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