APASA 2023 Lotus Laureate Graduation Convocation

College graduates attending convocation ceremony

APASA 2023 Lotus Laureate Convocation

Are you a Senior, Graduate, or Professional student graduating in Fall 2022, Spring 2023, or Summer 2023?

On behalf of the Asian Pacific American Student Affairs (APASA), we would like to invite you to celebrate the 28th Annual APASA Lotus Laureate Convocation! 


Deadline to register is Tuesday, April 28th.


Interested in being a Student Speaker?


Deadline to apply: Friday, April 14th

Lotus Laureate Convocation is a formal ceremony celebrating the accomplishments of APASA and providing personal recognition of graduating Asian Pacific Desi American scholars amongst key University and community leaders from all disciplines. The evening will include guest speakers, cultural performances, and recognition of the Fall 2022, Spring 2023, and Summer 2023 graduates. Please feel free to invite all of your family, friends, and supporters to this FREE celebration.

This year's APASA Lotus Laureate Convocation will be held on:

Saturday, May 06, 2023 at 5 PM

In-person Program

Guests: All are welcome!  

Cost: FREE, no tickets are required

If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Dang at etdang@arizona.edu.

Event Information

Topic: Lotus Laureate Convocation & APASA Leadership Awards

Time: May 6, 2023 5:30 PM event starts. 5:00 PM appetizers will be served.

Check with APASA staff for this year's graduation ceremony. 


  • GRADUATES: All graduates must report between the hours of 4:30 PM and 5:15 PM to the South Ballroom at the Student Union Memorial Center (SUMC), located on the 3rd floor. Registration will be at the entrance closest to the elevator. We will also have directional signs. 
  • We will ask all graduates to start lining up by 5:15 PM for the graduate processional. Our staff will make an announcement to remind students to line up in the room next to the South Ballroom. We will start the procession at 5:30 PM.
  • Appetizers and refreshments will be available for graduates and their guests starting 5:00 PM.
  • Professional pictures of the graduates will be taken and available for purchase from Grad Images.

Suggested Dress

  • Lotus Laureate Convocation is a semi-formal event and graduates may wear traditional dress or semi-formal dress. You may also wear your cap and gown, but it is not mandatory. Most students come in semi-formal attire/ cultural attire with their stoles, and other graduation regalia. 

Presentation of Stoles

  • You will be announced in alphabetical order by first name. 
  • As your row is released to the stage, the person/s who will put your stole on you should line up next to you. 
  • One of the APASA staff/faculty will read your profile and another staff/faculty will wrap the stole over your shoulders.
  • You have the option to say a quick 10-15 seconds “thank you”. Please keep it to a quick acknowledgment of who you want to honor to keep us on track. 
  • For this year, we will not shake people’s hands on the stage to continue with safety of our guests and staff.
  • As you exit, there will be another chance to take photos via Grad Images – a 3rd party vendor who will send you proofs after graduation.  


  • Graduates/Guests: All metered parking and garages will be available for free parking during the event. It is typical that the Second Street Garage will be free during the ceremonies.