Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
Observing Hispanic Heritage
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18.
This month, we invite you to learn more about what makes this 30-day celebration so meaningful. Together, we can all show our love to the Hispanic, Latino, and Latinx communities in this country, this month and every day.
Executive and Legislative Documents
The Law Library of Congress has compiled guides to commemorative observations, including a comprehensive inventory of the Public Laws, Presidential Proclamations and congressional resolutions related to Hispanic American Heritage Month.
2023 Observance Program
Driving Prosperity, Power, and Progress in America
Thursday, October 12, 2023 | 5:30 p.m.
East High School, 1801 East Main Street
Collaboratorium (First Floor)
Beatriz LeBron, Vice President
Rochester Board of Education
Dr. Carmine Peluso, Superintendent
Marlene Blocker, Superintendent for the East EPO
Borinquen Dance Theatre, Inc.
Cassandra Orellana, East High School (Poetry)
Roberto Clemente Student Award
Gizel Delvalle, Roberto Clemente School No. 8
Presented by Brenda Torres-Santana, Chief of Schools
Volunteer Youth Award
Alejandro Serra, Northeast College Preparatory High School
Presented by Ruth B. Turner
Deputy Superintendent for Administration and Supports
Outstanding Academic Achievement Award
John Corona, Rochester Early College International High School
Presented by Demario Strickland,
Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning
Community Service Award
Liliana M. Ruiz, Director of Special Projects, City of Rochester
Presented by Marisol O. Ramos-Lopez,
Chief of Communications and Intergovernmental Affairs