Excelencia Graduation Ceremony

Friday, May 12th | 11:00 AM-1:00 PM | Beck Agricultural Center (4550 US-52, West Lafayette, IN 47906)

Excelencia celebrates the graduating class of 2023 in a ceremony where all graduating students are welcome. Faculty, staff, and students' loved ones are encouraged to attend as we also recognize the efforts of their family and friends and the impact they've had on their academic career. We integrate students' loved ones into the ceremony which is held in English, Spanish and Portuguese. 

2023 Graduates Register Here 
Faculty and Staff RSVP Here 

Awards Presented at Latinx Graduation 

Wilson Usedo Sí se puede Award


The Wilson Usedo Sí se puede Award is named after a student who tirelessly supported Latinx communities at Purdue University. Aside from being a leader in the community and being actively involved at the Latino Cultural Center (LCC), he was committed to ensuring that other students were connected to resources, that they felt a sense a belonging at Purdue and made their home away from home at the LCC. Upon graduation, Wilson became involved in Purdue Latino Alumni Organization (PLAO) and was gearing to make it more visible and accessible to alumni. Sadly, Wilson was involved in a fatal car accident and passed away on August 15th, 2015. The Latino Cultural Center is accepting nominations for a graduating (undergraduate/graduate/domestic/international) student who has demonstrated a strong commitment to service and empowerment of Latinx communities at Purdue University and/or the Greater Lafayette community.

Submit Nomination Form

Somos Purdue Award


The Latino Cultural Center will award two graduating students (undergraduate and graduate) with the Somos Purdue award. This student has thrived during their time at Purdue. They have a strong work ethic and are commitment to excellence. Their presence on campus has enriched the communities of which they are a part. They lead with ganas and are committed to improving themselves and seek to uplift others. Their spirit represents the transformational power of education.

Submit Nomination Form

Chosen Family Award


The Latino Cultural Center would like to give graduating students the opportunity to nominate a (chosen) family member who has made a positive impact on their academic career. The LCC recognizes that when one Latinx goes to college, the entire familia does so as well. If you desire, please nominate anyone in your (chosen) family to be recognized with a special award (plaque).