Fall 2021 Guidance/COVID-19 Information

Kente Overview

2022 Kente Celebration 

Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 6 p.m. Corey Union Function Room

Kente Class 2019

Application for graduates- TBA

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

Deadline: TBA

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.

Kente Student Speaker nomination form

Please use this form to nominate a graduate/senior student to speak about the history, symbolism and meaning of Kente. We are looking for two students for the 2021 Kente Celebration and would like to ask you to nominate yourself or others who you think have contributed to diversity and inclusion awareness and programming while being a student at SUNY Cortland.

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

Deadline for nominations: TBA

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

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