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Celebration of Excellence and Achievement for Students of African Descent

2022 Virtual Ceremony

Our virtual ceremony will take place on Friday, May 13, 2022 at 6:30 pm. Download the COEA Order of Events and watch the live stream here:

About the Annual Event

The annual Celebration of Excellence & Achievement for Students of African Descent (COEA) recognizes students who are receiving degrees/certificates and/or transferring to four-year universities.

Who Can Participate

The event is for students of African descent who are graduating with a degree, receiving a certificate, or have been admitted to a four-year university. Students from all four Los Rios colleges are encouraged to participate. If you feel you are eligible but you have not received an invitation to participate, then call or email a member of the event planning committee.

If you were admitted to a four-year university but are not receiving an associate degree, then you must provide a copy of your letter of acceptance.

Student Speakers

Our goal is to have one speaker from each of the four colleges. If multiple students from a single campus are interested in speaking, then they will compete for the honor of speaking. The competing speeches will take place on your campus and be judged by two or more representatives of the event planning committee.

If you are interested in speaking, then you can check the appropriate box on the registration form.

Register for the Event

Registration for the 2022 virtual celebration closed on April 22.


The first COEA was held in May of 2006. The ceremony is a cultural and community celebration and includes elements of both African and African American culture. African dancers and drummers, gospel music, and student speakers are just a few of the event's features. Each student participant is presented with a Kente cloth. The ceremony is followed by a reception.


Lisa Hayden or Kia Davis
Sacramento City College or

Date and Time

Friday, May 13, 2022 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm