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The Donning of the Kente Kloth

Release date: May 11, 2006

Goucher College will add a tradition to its commencement festivities this year with the “Donning of the Kente Kloth,” a ceremony that allows students of African descent to honor their heritage, experiences, achievements, and those who have supported them during their educational career.

The ceremony will take place at 12 p.m. on Thursday, May 25 in Merrick Lecture Hall, followed by a reception in the Rosenberg Gallery. Call 410-337-6021 or e-mail ksanders@goucher.edu to reserve seats.

During the ceremony, graduating seniors will be draped in strips of kente, a colorful fabric native to Ghana. Though kente was developed in the 17th century by the Ashanti people, it has its roots in a long tradition of African weaving, dating back to about 3000 B.C.E. Often reserved for special occasions, kente is a visual representation of history, philosophy, ethics, oral literature, religious beliefs, social values, and political thoughts.  

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