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
Please use this form to nominate faculty, staff or administrators who you believe should receive an honorary Kente Stole.
Use this form to nominate a graduating senior
Use this form to nominate a graduating senior who you believe should be selected to speak about the history, symbolism and meaning of 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.