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Signature Events

MSS Signature Events

Each year, Multicultural Student Services hosts a number of events for the University community in order to engage multicultural student and the larger UVA community.

Opening Signature Events

  • New Student Welcome and Cultural Community Receptions 

    At the start of each academic year, MSS hosts a large New Student Welcome event that include smaller break out receptions for each of the cultural communities we support.  This event introduces students to University resources, faculty, administrators, student groups, and initiatives to help in their transition to UVA.  

  • New Student Retreat: Immerse!

    This new initiative will bring together new students who identify as multicultural to a one-day retreat  at an off-Grounds location. The New Student Retreat will provide an opportunity for new students to meet one another, dialogue about shared experiences, learn about key resources and programs, and engage with key student leaders and staff.

Recognition Events

  • Multicultural Scholars Reception

    After the fall semester, first year multicultural students who are a part of the Dean’s List of their respective programs are invited to a Multicultural Scholars Reception to recognize their achievements for the past semester.

  • Graduation Ceremonies

    • The LGBTQ Lavender Graduation Ceremony commemorates graduating LGTBQIA+/ally students. This year, 2020 Lavender Graduation will be held online on Thursday, May 14. Registration for the virtual event is now closed, but graduates can still reserve their lavender graduation cords by filling out this form. Please contact Alex Winkowski (they/them/theirs), Program Coordinator - LGBTQ Student Services, ( if you have any questions.

    • This year's Multicultural Graduation celebration will be held virutally through our website. The Multicultural Graduation Website will launch on Friday, May 15, and will honor graduating undergraduates who identify as APIDA - Asian/Pacific Islander/Desi American, Hispanic/Latinx, Middle Eastern/North African, and Native/Indigenous. Be sure to check it out and help us recognize and celebrate this vibrant group of graduates!


  • V. Shamim Sisson Ally Award Reception

    • The V. Shamim Sisson Ally of the Year Award seeks to recognize a member of the UVA community who has gone above and beyond in their daily life in supporting the LGBTQ+ community, furthering the rights and acceptance of queer-identified individuals at the University of Virginia and beyond. Understanding that allies come in many shapes and sizes and with varying access to resources, we encourage and welcome student, faculty, staff, and alumni nominees. This award brings necessary attention to the important role that allies play in the fight for equality, social justice, and the acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community. The V. Shamim Sisson Ally of the Year Award is presented during The Annual Serpentine Society Fall Weekend.