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Kente Overview

Kente Celebration 

Saturday, April 2, 2022

4 p.m. Corey Union Function Room, Check-In starts at 3:15 p.m.

Kente Class 2019

Application for graduates

Graduating seniors and graduate students are encouraged to apply for the Kente Celebration. Applicants will be accepted based on the quality of the application

Deadline: Friday, Feb. 11, 2022

Calvin Louis-Juste Memorial Award 

Use this form to nominate a graduating senior

Calvin Louis-Juste Memorial 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

SUNY Cortland NAACP Award 

Use this form to nominate a graduating senior that demonstrated achievement in social justice and education.

The SUNY Cortland NAACP Award Criteria

  • Must be a graduating senior 
  • GPA requirement of a 3.0 or higher 
  • Active in promoting diversity, inclusion and social justice matters in support of the Black community and racial equity, either individually or as part of their work within a student organization

Kente Honorary Stole Faculty/Staff Nomination Form 

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

You can nominate yourself or others who you think fulfill the criteria of these awards and honorary stole. 

Deadline for nominations: March 7, 2022

If you have a question contact our office at multicultural.life@cortland.edu 


What is Kente?

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. 

Past Kente information. 

2021 Kente Program booklet

2019 Kente Program booklet

2019 Kente Photos

Multicultural Life and Diversity Office
Corey Union, Room 407-A
Phone: 607-753-2336
Fax: 607-753-2808
multicultural.life@cortland.edu

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