LA CELEBRACIÓN LATINA
At the conclusion of every academic year, family, friends, and the University of Michigan community, come together to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating students. La Celebración Latina is a celebratory program that highlights Latino graduates at the University of Michigan. The mission of the program is not only to recognize their achievements and the cultural significance of the Latino community, but also to give incentive to future students to reach the ultimate goal of graduation. The purpose of La Celebración Latina is to celebrate our graduates, as well as to show respect to everyone who helped them make this wonderful achievement, including family members, friends, faculty, staff and administrators.
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On Friday, April 28, 2000, over 300 graduates, their families and friends, University faculty, staff and administrators joined together in celebration for the inaugural year of La Celebración Latina. The event was a culmination of efforts by students, primarily, and also of various University of Michigan units, to coordinate a festivity that acknowledged the achievements of Latino graduates.
Keynote speakers have included:
2011: Glorida DeLeon, Executive VP for the National Hispanic Institute
2010: Darys Mordan, Chief Executive Officer of the Dominican Republic's Stock Exchange (BVRD)
2009: Monica Ponce de Leon, Dean of the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
2008: Maria de los Angeles Torres, Ph.D. Director of Latin American and Latino Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago
2007: Catherine Benamou, Ph.D., Associate Professor Screen Arts and Cultures and Associate Professor of American Culture, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
2006: Neil Foley, Ph.D., University of Texas
2005: Cecilia Muñoz, Vice President of the Office of Research, Advocacy & Legislation at the National Council of La Raza.
2004: Diane N. DeHoyos, General Motors
2003: Ricardo Muñoz, Alderman – 22nd Ward, City of Chicago
2002: Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr., President, United States Hispanic Leadership Institute
2001: Juan E. Mestas, Ph.D. 2000: Aida Hurtado, Ph.D.
For further information, please contact the program coordinator:
105 S. State Street
2193 North Quad Hall
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1285
Phone: (734) 764-0173