¡ Casi 4000 estudiantes se graduaron del estado de chico este año! Ese es un número increíble, pero otro número increíble fue 33% que eran hispanos. Naturalmente, la ceremonia se celebró principalmente en español, que es la segunda lengua oficial de California. Vea el vídeo de Latinx a continuación:
Nearly 4000 students graduated from Chico State this year! That’s an incredible number, but another incredible number was the 33% that were Hispanic that made up another graduation ceremony.
Why a separate ceremony, you may wonder? As it was explained to me years ago, the Hispanic graduates wanted an intimate ceremony, where Spanish speaking friends and relatives could feel more comfortable among their own and speaking their own native language. In this way they could understand what was happening, cheer and celebrate, not only the accomplishments of these students, but the liberation of Hispanic people from yoke of oppression by a racist, imperialistic, sexist and homophobic (white) society. These are not my words, these words come from MECHA representatives. Further, this ceremony is about preserving a cultural identity of indigenous Anahuak peoples. Anahuak, an ancient name for a Mesoamerican, particularly Aztec. Naturally the ceremony was held mostly in Spanish which is California’s un-official second language.
This special ceremony is called Latinx and it was created right after the tumultuous anti-war years that saw campus radicals from coast to coast burning draft cards, American flags and rioting. So it was that 42 years ago the Hispanic group MECHA began recognizing Hispanic graduates in a sperate ceremony. This great tradition separation and race based accolades continues on to this day increasing numbers, in Chico and many other colleges in CA and the Southwestern States. Kinda makes you proud to be an
And now without further commentary, I bring you Latinx Class of 2019 at CSUC!