Kente Overview

Kente Celebration

Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 6 p.m. in Corey Union Function Room

Check-in and Reception time: 5 p.m. 



Graduating seniors and graduate students are encouraged to participate in the Kente Celebration


Faculty and staff are encouraged to register to attend the event and support students

Kente Honorary Stole Faculty/Staff Nomination Form is CLOSED

Please use this form to nominate faculty, staff or administrators who you believe should receive an honorary Kente Stole.

Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2019


Calvin Louis-Juste Memorial Award is CLOSED

Use this form to nominate a graduating senior

Award Criteria

  • Graduating Senior
  • Academic Achievement (3.0 GPA or higher)
  • Community Service
  • Leadership and Involvement in extracurricular activities
  • Passionate about continuing to improve oneself
  • Involvement with Advocating for Equity and Inclusion


Kente Student Speaker Nomination Form IS CLOSED

Use this form to nominate a graduating senior who you believe should be selected to speak about the history, symbolism and meaning of kente. 

If you have a question contact our office at 

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. The Kente Celebration has deep institutional history and is an important experience for our multicultural students.

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 their allies to highlight their achievements and connection to the first learning centers of the world in Africa. 

2019 Kente Program booklet

2019 Kente Photos

Kente 2017

Multicultural Life and Diversity Office
Corey Union, Room 407-A
Phone: 607-753-2336
Fax: 607-753-2808

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