On behalf of the Carolina Latinx Collaborative, we welcome all May and December graduates who have worked to support and promote Latinx communities, and invite you all to participate in this end-of-the-year Commencement Ceremony & Reception honoring your success at Carolina.

Your hard work and dedication in promoting and working with the Latinx community has made a significant impact at Carolina.

Please join us for this reception honoring your successes and celebrating this momentous accomplishment; family and friends are invited to join us as well.

¡Éxitos! Commencement Ceremony & Reception
Thursday, May 11, 2017

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
FedEx Global Education Center
301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Keynote Speaker: 

Antonio Serrato

 Antonio Serrato is a PhD student in UNC’s biology department that studies Evolutionary Genetics, in particular the role mobile genetic elements play in modifying the genome of species. He immigrated to the United States at the age of 15 from Mexico and is the first individual in his family to graduate High School as well as the only individual from his extended family to obtain both an undergraduate and graduate level education.

Antonio worked full time as a machinist at an aviation refueling factory while putting himself through college at UNC-Greensboro before transferring to UNC-Chapel Hill on a full scholarship and working as a Resident Advisor and ultimately receiving his Bachelors in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. He has regularly involved himself in public outreach through counseling promising High School students into attending higher education, participating and designing programs aimed at increasing the scientific literacy of the general public, and as a PhD student has mentored various undergraduates in their own research, many of whom have since transitioned to Medical, Veterinary, and Dental schools. Upon graduation he plans on being a research Professor at a major university while also maintaining his roots and serving as a resource and guide for other underrepresented groups across high education, with a focus on the sciences.

Dress Code:

Business casual, although we strongly encourage you to bring your graduation cap and gowns for a few informal graduation pictures.

Contact Info:

Josmell Pérez: josmell@unc.edu.

Please, RSVP no later than April 28th.

Congratulations, we look forward to seeing you there!

Sponsored by The Carolina Latinx Collaborative