Affinity celebrations are special events that are designed to recognize and honor the achievements of graduates from diverse cultural backgrounds. These celebrations are typically organized and led by students, with support from staff members, and are intended to provide a space where graduates can come together and celebrate their accomplishments while also highlighting their shared cultural traditions and community values.

Rutgers-Newark Affinity Celebrations include: 

  • Rainbow Graduation
  • Undocu Graduation
  • Rites of Passage

While these celebrations are focused on graduates from specific cultural backgrounds, they are open to all Rutgers-Newark graduates who wish to participate. RSVP and learn more about our pre-commencement celebrations below. 

Celebration Dates & RSVPs

Pre-registration is required to attend these events, so interested graduates should make sure to register in advance to secure their spot. To find out when celebrations will be held, please click on the accordion items below. If you are interested in providing any additional or volunteer efforts, please sign up using this link:  

For current Rutgers-Newark students who are interested in getting involved in the planning and organization of these affinity celebrations, there are opportunities to serve on student planning committees. Students can contact the Intercultural Resource Center ( for more information.

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