CELEBRATING 2018 ASIAN & PACIFIC ISLANDERS (API) UNIVERSITY GRADUATES
co-sponsored by Asian Community Development Council, Caesars Entertainment, & UNLV ROAR
A major celebration for one of the largest growing communities in Las Vegas, the Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIAs), was held on Saturday, April 27th, 2018 from 10am-1pm at the Stan Fulton Building on UNLV campus . The focus of the event is to recognize over 120 APIAs student who will graduate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
“We are excited for this unique opportunity to celebrate the accomplishment of students of APIA heritage in Las Vegas.” said Vida Lin, President & Founder of ACDC. “It’s also a great time for our communities to come together and kick off the Asian and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month to celebrate our diversity within the community.”
“Caesars Entertainment seeks to support vibrant, diverse, and healthy communities in which we operate. ACDC is not only a great collaborator but also a great resource and leader for the communities. GraduAsian highlights ACDC’s effort in promoting young and diverse talents through and in celebrating the upcoming Asian and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month.” stated Carolene Layugan, the new Board Chair of ACDC and Director of Responsible Gaming Program Director and Property Engagement at Caesars Entertainment, lead sponsor of the event.
The “GraduAsian” ceremony was hosted by Nia Wong, Reporter/Anchor for KLAS-TV/Channel 8 and included keynote speaker Larry Hofer, Regional Vice President of People Services, Cox Communications, and special appearances by federal & state elected officials. Each graduate received a commemorative gift that can be worn to the university-wide commencement event the following month.
A highlight of the three-hour event was the career fair where attendees can speak to recruiters from companies and organizations including Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts International, COX Communications, Panda Express, and Tesla. Families and friends of the graduates can also learn about civic engagement opportunities with non-profit organizations in Southern Nevada.