What is Pilipino Graduation?
Pilipino Graduation, also known as P-Grad, is a student-run organization which celebrates the Filipino culture while also recognizing the academic achievements of the graduating seniors involved. It encourages the graduates to get to know one another and allows for each member to celebrate their accomplishments in an intimate setting--only about 40-50 people are involved each year, in comparison to the thousands at UCSB's Graduation Ceremony. The ceremonies and the organization's events are planned solely by the students and supported by similar organizations--namely, Kapatirang Pilipino, Pilipino Cultural Night, the MultiCultural Center, and much more.
Do you have to be Filipino or of Pilipino descent to participate in P-Grad?
Absolutely not. The celebration is open to all graduating students of 2012-2013 academic year at the University of California, Santa Barbara. P-Grad does work to celebrate the Filipino culture, but we welcome anyone and everyone who is interested in being a part of the ceremony.
Does it cost anything to be a part of P-Grad?
There will be a small fee in order to receive the Graduation Stole and Certificate at the end of the school year. We'll let you know how much that is at the first general meeting!
How is P-Grad funded?
In past years, P-Grad has been funded by UCSB's Associated Students (AS Finance Board, AS SCORE, CAB, AS SIRRC), After Dark, and UCen Governance Board as well as UCSB Academic Departments and the Vice Chancellor. In addition to the aid we receive, P-Grad Committee also sets up a variety of fundraisers throughout the school year in which anyone can partake. Many sponsors and local businesses also support Pilipino Graduation, which allows for an event better ceremony by the end of the year.