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April 5, 2014
Corey Union Function Room
The Kente Celebration symbolizes and commemorates the rite of passage for learners and scholars who are transitioning from institutions of higher learning to the next chapter of their lives. It will occur on April 6, 2013 at 6pm in he Corey Union Function Room. The Kente Celebration has deep institutional history and is an important experience for our multicultural students. We have chosen April 6th because it is the first weekend in a month of honors ceremonies. This will allow our students to proudly wear their stoles to all of their honors inductions, as well as both graduate and undergraduate commencement.
The kente cloth is a traditional African cloth – the colors and design hold a specific meaning. It is the most popular and best known of all African textiles. Originally, royalty exclusively wore kente but since Ghana’s independence from Britain in 1957 kente has become a symbol of national pride. Ordinary citizens wear it for special celebrations. The kente cloth has also become an important symbol for African Americans, people of color in general, and European American allies to highlight their achievements and connection to the first learning centers of the world in Africa.