The fifth annual CARAS (Celebrating Accomplishments and Recognizing Academic Success) was held on May 12, 2018 in the Cox Ballroom. CARAS is a commencement celebration linked to Latinx and Hispanic traditions at Emory. The event celebrates the accomplishments of graduating students who are members of and/or connected to the Latinx community. The ceremony includes the sashing of the stole and lighting of the candle. DPT students Nathalie Angel, Nathalie Rosales and Stephanie Tirado participated in CARAS this year. A faculty/staff member along with the graduating student and parent pair to participate in the cerebration. The family member or mentor presents the student with his or her commemorative stole, which is worn at the Emory University graduation ceremony. The candle lighting is symbolic of the passing of knowledge from faculty/staff to student and from the student to their families and communities. This year DPT faculty Tami Phillips, PT, DPT, MBA accompanied the DPT students to the ceremony.
Students worked with the members of “Belonging and Community Justice”, The Latino Student Organization, HOLA, The Emory LatinX Alumni and The Emory Alumni Association to plan the event. The ceremony was given in English; Spanish, and Portuguese and Latin culture was celebrated through food and music with the students and their families.
CARAS was started out of a need identified by a series of Latinx/Hispanic student focus groups held by the (then) Office of Multicultural Programs and Services.