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Donning of the Kente

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May 7, 2021 at 5:30-6:30 PM EST

The first Cultural Achievement Ceremony at Virginia Tech, the Donning of the Kente began in 2013 as a celebration of African American heritage. It has continued to grow, with 250 students in attendance in 2019. The ceremony outside of Tech has a rich history, with the American tradition dating back to the 20th century, and the Kente cloth dating back centuries. At this ceremony, students adorn the Ghanaian Kente cloth graduation robe and gather with family, friends, and colleagues to celebrate undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students. Graduates will also receive stoles, which can be worn at the University’s commencement ceremony.

Students who wish to participate in the ceremony, please fill out this online registration form.

This May, students will be celebrated via photo and video submissions and shared on the BCC Facebook page.

You can also find recognition of students posted on the BCC’s Instagram.

Donning of the Kente

Graduation Ceremony

Ceremony     May 7, 2021 | 5:30 - 6:30pm EST

Stoles Pick Up     May 6, 2021 | 12:00 - 2:00pm EST