Seniors Headline at Grad-Chill-A

The graduating class of 2019 celebrate their accomplishments.

Monica Tamayo, P.R. Assistant

The senior graduating class of 2019 gathered around the University-Student Union (U-SU) Plaza to celebrate the very first Grad-Chill-A last Wednesday, hosted by Associated Students, Incorporated (ASI) and the Alumni Association.

The event featured music, games, food by Baja Cali Fish & Tacos and raffles. Seniors waited in long lines to claim their food and raffle ticket while others gathered around the stage listening to live music. Students also had an opportunity to purchase a grad pack or order their class rings as well.

The event featured games such as musical chairs, where the two winners won two free tickets to their choice of Six Flags or Knott’s Berry Farm.

Isaiah Castro, a business management major, was one of the participants for the musical chairs game.

“It’s fun, its high energy, the people that I participated with were all amused,” said Castro.

A few prizes for the students included a free sash, cap and gown, diploma frame, Beats by Dr. Dre and many other grad gifts.

According to event organizers, the idea for the event was created after senior Shaunteria Guerrierl noticed that the University did not have a special event for the graduating class to celebrate all of their hard work.

So, she contacted the Alumni Office and asked if it was possible to create a senior night.

Guerrierl gave a brief speech to the crowd.

“I’m so grateful that all you of guys showed up to experience what it’s like to be a graduating senior.”

Students also had the opportunity to share a few words to their fellow classmates about their journey through Cal State LA.

Student Jacqueline Gramajo, a child development major, was excited to have an event catered to the graduating class.

“It’s pretty great because our school is a commuter school, so it’s really nice that we have an event where we celebrate the fact that we are graduating. Most of the people here are first-generation so, it’s such a big deal; people don’t see it, but it is a huge deal that we are graduating.”