The 2013 Graduates of Color Celebration recognized the paths that led our talented students to Puget Sound and honored their diverse journeys to a successful completion of their studies. These graduates joined us at this celebration, together with those who nurtured them, caught them when they stumbled, encouraged them, struggled with them, taught them, learned from them, were inspired by their determination, and now applaud their victories.
This ceremony honored graduates whose color is an important aspect of their heritage, identity, experiences of difference, disparity, and division, their families and communities, and their pride. This ceremony recognized each graduate as a unique person with multiple identities, mixed heritages, a plentitude of talents and strengths, and diverse communities. Being circumscribed by the color line has neither submerged nor delimited the diversity among these graduates; rather it has rendered each aspect of themselves which they have learned to hold together miraculous and precious.