The ALHANA (African, Latinx, Hispanic, Asian, Native American) program is a social and community-building group intended to create a sense of belonging and camaraderie among students, staff, and faculty of Daemen within the included affinity groups. ALHANA began in 2017 as just a graduation ceremony to recognize the persistence and matriculation of the college's multicultural students. Since then, the CDI has expanded the ALHANA program to be more comprehensive, offering events year-round.
ALHANA Graduation Ceremony
The ALHANA (African, Latinx, Hispanic, Asian, Native American) Ceremony symbolizes and commemorates the rite of passage for learners and scholars who are transitioning from institutions of higher learning to the next chapter of their lives. The ALHANA Graduation Ceremony has deep history and is an important experience for our students.
The Center for Diversity & Inclusion's ALHANA Ceremony is an event which recognizes, acknowledges, emphasizes, and celebrates the educational achievement of Daemen College graduates. Our intent is to celebrate academic excellence of the graduates as they begin a bright, hopeful future, while simultaneously affirming the role of graduates in the future growth of Daemen College.
Purpose/Statement of Celebration
Our purpose is to share and celebrate a heritage rich in tradition with the Daemen community. We also invite family and friends to share in this ceremony. An keynote speaker delivers words of encouragement and expectations to the graduating class. Classmates share their experiences while at Daemen, special performances by current students follow, and finally, each graduate receives an ALHANA stole to be worn at their graduation ceremony.
This celebration is an opportunity to demonstrate the pride in the intersection of cultural history and our hope for future graduates of Daemen College. Students are encouraged to remember those who came before, students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds who have made their mark on the Daemen campus and completed their academic journeys in their respective disciplines. During the ALHANA Ceremony we celebrate their individual accomplishments, as well as the accomplishments of the entire graduating class.