Donning of the Kente

A rite of passage, rooted in African tradition, “in which seniors [of color] recognize loved ones or mentors who have been instrumental in their success” (Ross, 2009). During the intimate ceremony, graduating seniors will be donned with a stole of Kente, a fabric native to Ghana reserved for special occasions, and acts as a visual history for the wearer’s own cultural ethos. As an alternative, students with an international background may choose a graduation stole with the flag of one or two countries.

Please note: There are four Affinity Graduation Ceremonies held annually: Lavender Ceremony, Donning of the Kente, Latinx Triunfos, and InterConnect Ceremony. Graduating Goucher College students may participate in any and all Affinity Graduation Ceremonies that they self-identify with.

Please visit the Affinity Graduation Ceremonies 2022 webpage for more information regarding descriptions of the celebratory events, schedule of ceremonies, and helpful Frequently Asked Questions for participants and their guests.

If you are a graduating senior who is interested in participating in any of our Affinity Graduation Ceremonies, please sign up using the form below.

2022 Affinity Graduation Ceremonies Registration Form

Wednesday, May 25 at 1:00pm

Kraushaar Auditorium

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