Asian Pacific Islander South Asian American Recognition Celebration

An opportunity to commemorate our graduating APISAA titans 

2023 Celebration

Every year the the Asian Pacific American Resource Center (APARC), Asian American and Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff Association (AAPIFSA),  and Asian American Studies at CSUF host the Asian Pacific Islander South Asian American (APISAA) Recognition Celebration. This event is an opportunity for family and friends to celebrate the accomplishments of our APISAA graduates. All graduating students are invited to participate! 

We welcome students and their loved ones to participate in the 2023 APISAA Recognition Celebration.

Saturday, May 20th at 11:00am
TSU Pavilions

Registration link coming soon!

About The Ceremony

The graduation ceremony will consist of a processional, remarks from university officials and selected student speakers, reading of graduates’ names, and recessional. Each graduate's name will be called, and they will have the opportunity to walk across the stage and receive their stole.


Loved ones are integral parts of the journeys of graduating students. In addition to celebrating the graduates at APISAA Recognition Celebration, we are also honoring and celebrating the family and friends who have supported and stood alongside the students. Each registered graduating student may bring a maximum of 4 guests to the ceremony with them. 


Graduating students should wear their full CSUF regalia (cap and gown) to the APIDA Recognition Celebration. Please visit   Titan Shops   for details on how to obtain your regalia. Students participating in the ceremony will receive their graduation stole as they walk across the graduation stage when their name is called. 

Additional Questions

Please visit the   DIRC Recognition Celebration FAQs pageOpens in new window for answers to general questions or contact


We use the term APISAA, which stands for Asian Pacific Islander South Asian American, as a pan-ethnic classification that intentionally includes South Asians as part of our community. There is a great diversity of identities and ethnicities encompassed under the APISAA umbrella, including East Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander. 


Q: When is APISAA Recognition Celebration?

A: The APISAA Recognition Celebration Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 20 from 11am-1pm.

Q: How much does it cost?

A: There is no cost to attend the APISAA Recognition Celebration for graduate or guests. Graduates who attend the ceremony will receive a free stole or cord to go along with their graduation regalia.

Q: Who is eligible to participate in the recognition celebrations?

A: Students who graduated or are graduating in any of the following semesters are eligible to participate in the APISAA Recognition Celebrations Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Summer 2023. Registration is open on March 20th, 2022. Once all spots are filled, students will be placed on a waitlist and notified by April 24th, 2022 if they are moved to the registrant list.

Q: What about guest tickets?

A: This year the ceremony will take place in the Titan Student Union. Due to the availability of space in the TSU, there is no limit on guests for students this year!  

Q: What time are students expected to arrive?

A: Students have been instructed to arrive no later than 9:30am and check-in in the Titan Student Union. Further instructions will be given from there.  

Q: What is the attire for the ceremony?

A: Students are expected to arrive in FULL regalia! Please wear your cap and gown to the APISAA Recognition Celebration Ceremony. 

Q: Where do guests park?

A: Students and guests are encouraged to park in the State College Parking Structure behind the TSU. Parking is free on weekends. 

Q: Will there be hooding of master’s and doctoral students?

A: In order to keep the event under two hours, only doctoral students will be hooded at the celebration. 

Q: How do I receive the APISAA stole?

A: The APISAA stole will only be given to students during the ceremony. Students may not pick up the stole earlier. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Q: Can I purchase the stole or cord and not attend the ceremony?

A: No, stoles are not available for purchase at this time.

Q: Who do I contact if I have other questions?

A: Other questions can be directed to APARC at