Multicultural students graduating from the University of Southern Maine, Southern Maine Community College and the University of New England will have quite a send-off at the 12th annual multicultural student graduation ceremony Tuesday evening.
The USM Office of Multicultural Student Affairs is organizing the celebration, which will include food and by students and artists from countries around the world.
Following the ceremony will be another annual multicultural student event, the Global Block Party, which is usually held in December. Freshman Islam Karim, who’s helping organize the celebrations, said the block party will serve as an after party of sorts for the graduation ceremony.
Reza Jalali, the coordinator of multicultural student affairs, said that USM is partnering with SMCC and UNE in order to bring together multicultural students from schools around southern Maine. Jalali said he is expecting 15 to 20 students from UNE, and 50-60 students from both USM and SMCC to take part in the festivities.
“Our students need to be honored and recognized,” Jalali said. “I hate to see them go, but we’re so happy for them.”
Performances will include Hindi singing, drumming from Burundi and dancing from Rwanda and USM President Selma Botman and SMCC President Ron Cantor will speak at the graduation ceremony, along with several of the graduating students.
There will be a brief reception at 4:30 in Abromson Center in Portland and the ceremony begins at 5:30 in the Hannaford Lecture Hall.