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ACDC GraduAsian Event to Honor Nevada’s Asian American Pacific Islander College Graduates

Actor Simu Liu to serve as special keynote speaker for the online event on May 16 along with Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairwoman Sandra Douglass Morgan

Las Vegas (May 5, 2020) – The Asian Community Development Council (ACDC) will hold its Spring 2020 GraduAsian event on Saturday, May 16, at 1 p.m., to celebrate the achievements of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) college graduates in Nevada. Coinciding with Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the online event will feature special guests and keynote speakers including Simu Liu and Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairwoman Sandra Douglass Morgan.

Since its inception in 2015, ACDC has worked to educate, connect, and empower the AAPI community in Nevada. On top of the community programs and services it provides, ACDC holds a GraduAsian event each semester to highlight AAPI college graduates. Although commencement events have been canceled across the nation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will continue via an online format.

“Graduation is a significant moment in one’s life, and although students will unfortunately not be able to walk across the stage this spring, the Asian Community Development Council wanted to make sure we still celebrated them in a special way,” said ACDC Founder and President Vida Lin. “It is important that we continue to honor our AAPI graduates and show them how proud we are of their achievements as they move on to do even greater things for our community.”

Sponsored by NV Energy and presented in partnership with UNLV Roaring Our Asian Rights (ROAR), GraduAsian will recognize students from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, College of Southern Nevada, Nevada State College, University of Nevada, Reno and Truckee Meadows Community College. All graduates who attend GraduAsian will receive personalized congressional certificates signed by the Nevada federal delegation.

Simu Liu will serve as the special celebrity keynote speaker for the event. Liu will star as Marvel’s first Chinese superhero and titular character in Marvel’s highly anticipated SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. The film will be released in May 2021 coinciding with the release of Liu’s memoir published by HarperCollins. Liu currently stars in the hit comedy series, Kim’s Convenience.

Simu Liu will serve as the special celebrity keynote speaker for the event. Liu will star as Marvel’s first Chinese superhero and titular character in Marvel’s highly anticipated SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. The film will be released in May 2021 coinciding with the release of Liu’s memoir published by HarperCollins. Liu currently stars in the hit comedy series, Kim’s Convenience.

Nevada Congressman Steven Horsford will also be providing remarks to the Class of 2020.

The general public is invited to watch the GraduAsian event as it streams live on ACDC’s Facebook page. All graduates are required to register at bit.ly/nvgraduasian

ABOUT THE ASIAN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL:

The Asian Community Development Council (ACDC) is a nonprofit organization comprised of volunteers dedicated to building, connecting, and educating the Asian American Pacific Islander community in Nevada. ACDC was officially chartered in 2015. The mission of ACDC is to improve the general well-being and education of the Asian American Pacific Island and other ethnic communities in Nevada. Among the services ACDC offers include voter education, health & wellness fair, pathway to citizenship program, college readiness bootcamp, and GraduAsian ceremony. Learn more at acdcnv.org

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