Donning of the Kente

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.

May 22, 2024 | 3:00 p.m. | Hyman Forum, Athenaeum
*Open to the public

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).

Kimberley Gordy ‘06 “introduced the Kente Cloth Ceremony to Goucher College” and explains that “the essence of the ceremony is people sharing their stories. It holds a special meaning for Goucher community members of color because of our connection to African history and of the importance of looking back as you look forward (Ross, 2009).” The ceremony also presents the occasion for students to pay homage to those who have paved the way prior to and during their time at Goucher.

Over the years, this ceremony has grown significantly to represent the collective unity of people of color (Black, Asian, Latinx, Native, First Nations, Middle Eastern, Multiracial/Biracial ) as a way to pay tribute to their own unique heritages, experiences, and achievements.

 

More Information

  • There will be speeches by various community members.
  • Includes a compilation of videos and photos from students. Students who are participating in Donning of the Kente Ceremony can start planning their video/photo contributions. After registration, you will receive further instructions.
  • Students identify someone to don them with their stole.
  • Family, friends, faculty, and staff are all welcome to attend.

 

Choosing a Stole

Students who participate in the InterConnect, Latinx Triunfos and Donning of the Kente Ceremonies will receive a choice of a Kente, Serape, or flag stole. Only one stole per person through Goucher, regardless of the number of ceremonies attended. Flag stoles may have up to two countries. Graduates must attend a ceremony in order to receive a stole.

 

Register

If you are a graduating senior interested in participating in our Affinity Graduation Ceremonies, please sign up using the form below by Monday, April 15, 2024.

Register

 

Photos from Donning of the Kente 2023

Donning of the Kente May 2023