Graduating seniors and graduate students are encouraged to apply for the Kente Celebration.
Applicants will be accepted based on the quality of the application.
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 have worked at SUNY Cortland for at least three years and have demonstrated support for students of color and have been involved in diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.
You can nominate yourself or others who you think fulfill the criteria of these awards and honorary stole.
The nomination deadline for all three awards is Friday, March 3, 2023.
If you have any questions, please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.