Our History. Nuestra Historia.
This wonderful ceremony began in 2009 at Sacramento City College. Starting in 2010 Los Rios Community College Faculty and Staff have come together to organize a celebration that honors our Los Rios Chicanx/Latinx students for completing their community college goals. It is hosted on a rotating basis throughout our district so that parents and significant others of our Chicanx/Latinx Community can come on our college campuses and feel the welcoming spirit and pride that we have as a District. This celebration is a demonstration of our commitment to the education and advancement of Chicanx/Latinx Students and to familia.
In 2011, eighty-five (85) students registered to participate in the event which was hosted by Cosumnes River College and welcomed a grand total of four hundred (400) attendees which included family members, distinguished guests, faculty, and staff. In 2016, 146 students registered for this event and welcomed nearly eight hundred (800) attendees. Last year was at American River College. This event has grown in participation each year and we are proud to announce that this year’s 11th Chicanx/Latinx celebration will be hosted at Cosumnes River College on the evening of Friday, May 17, 2019 in the Community Athletic Center (CAC).
In 2017, the planning committee voted to adopt Chicanx/Latinx as part of the ceremony. The X in Chicanx/Latinx is gender inclusive for people who identify as trans, queer, agender, non-binary, gender nonconforming and gender fluid. By changing the name, we hope to foster an environment for students to freely express all identities including: socioeconomic, ethnicity, culture, ability, sex, gender expression, sexual orientation, nationality, citizenship and religion. To learn more about the terms, please visit:
Students are encouraged to invite their family and friends to attend the Ceremony, which includes, music and entertainment, appetizer and refreshments and a keynote speaker. A colorful sash and printed certificate are presented to each student participant as mementos of this celebration. Our previous keynote honored speakers have been Jose Hernandez, former NASA astronaut; Dolores Huerta, American labor leader and civil rights advocate, Dr. Luis A. Godoy, UC Davis Surgeon, former CRC graduate, Xavier Becerra, Attorney General of California, Liliana Ferrer, Consul General of Mexico in Sacramento, CA.