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Personal Statement

What is the "Personal Statement?"

During the convocation, the graduate's Name  will be announced while they cross the stage to receive the Hispanic Convocation certificate.

In the printed program graduates have the choice of either printing  (1) their degree and major or (2) a short message that they compose as their Personal Statement.

Graduates indicate their preference when they register for the Hispanic Convocation ceremony.

The degree and major will be written by default unless the graduate indicates they would like to submit a Personal Message on the registration form.

Personal Message option

The graduate may opt to compose a Personal Message which will be printed in the program during the ceremony instead of their degree and major.

The Personal Message is limited to 140 characters, including letters, spaces, and punctuation - the same length as a tweet on Twitter.

The Personal Message can be written in either English, Spanish, or a combination of both.

Sample messages:

“My parents have helped me understand the importance of an education and my family has been there to support me in everything I do.” (130 characters)

“Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Management Technology. I want to thank my mother and father for all their support. I love you!” (130 characters)

“To my family and especially my Grandma - thank you for teaching me to walk my path with courage, faith and determination.”  (121 characters)

“Thank you to my family for always being there for me with their love, support, & encouragement to reach the next step in life. Si se puede!" (139 characters)

“One person taught me to dream, to stand up for myself, and to never give in. Mom, I can’t thank you enough for encouraging me to succeed.” (137 characters)

The Hispanic Convocation committee reserves the right to edit Personal Messages.

Notes about Composing a Personal Message

Remember that the Personal Message must be read by the emcee. 

The message may be written in English, Spanish, or combination of both.

Do not use abbreviations or texting shorthand.

Do use spaces between words.