Friday, May 21, 2021 at 6 p.m. via WebEx
This year's Kente Celebration will not be in person but held virtually through Webex.
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.
Use this form to nominate a graduating senior
Calvin Louis-Juste Memorial Award Criteria
Please use this form to nominate faculty, staff or administrators who you believe should receive an honorary Kente Stole.
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.
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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.