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African, Caribbean & Black Post-Secondary Graduation Ceremony

June 14, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

African, Caribbean and Black Graduates

Doors open at 6:30 pm. The ceremony commences at 7:00 pm.

The Young Leaders Advisory Council (YLAC) is proud to announce Ottawa’s second annual African, Caribbean & Black (ACB) Post-Secondary Graduation Ceremony in celebration of Multiculturalism in Canada. The Class of 2019 ceremony will recognize our young racialized graduate leaders from the Ottawa/Gatineau region from: Algonquin College, Carleton University, La Cité Collegiale, Université du Québec en Outaouais, St. Paul University and the University of Ottawa.

We want to recognize and celebrate Black-Canadian graduates, honour their hard work, achievements of academic excellence, and those who persevered through racial microaggressions or helped bring to light social inequality and racial discrimination. During the ceremony we will be presenting graduates with diplomas, bestowing onto them a Kente graduation stole and of course provide catering of multicultural delicacies.

  • Keynote Speaker and Wawa Aba (valedictorian): Her Excellency, the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean – Canada’s 27th Governor General
  • Attire: Traditional and/or cultural attire.

*Cost: FREE. Graduate spots will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis while vacancies last.

**Do note that one ticket per person is allowed. Duplicate registrations under the same name will be canceled.

***To register now click here

Instructions for Graduates

Please submit a single document to including the following:

  • Please provide your personal information including your first and last name, gender (pronouns), contact information (phone/email), and if you need special accommodations.
  • Provide a brief biography of what you plan to do next (ex: dreams, careers, travel, start a business, etc.).
  • Include a headshot photo
  • Proof of graduation/education
  • Have you received an award for an accomplishment, or do you have achievements you would like to bring to our attention? If yes please describe (ex: awards, distinctions, dean’s list, publications. etc.).
  • Are you the only, or one a few blacks and/or racialized students in your program, faculty, school or institution? We would like to know! Please support this with statistics where possible.


Pavillon Desmarais Hall Telfer School of Management University of Ottawa
55 Laurier Avenue E., Room 4101
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5 Canada
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