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Space and Contact Disruption

During the 2013-2014 academic year we engaged users of the MCC and BCC in a survey process to find out how you use the centers and what you’d like to see. Well, some updates are coming! You should notice very little disruption to availability but you will notice change happening in the space.

On November 17 we will begin to box up wall hangings, displays, and books. This is a temporary measure to keep everything safe while painting occurs. The MCC will be closed November 20 and 21 for painting. The MPS suite will be painted between November 21 and December 15 so the office will be closed.  The BCC will be painted over the winter break. We hope that these particular dates will allow us to minimize disruption. If you have any concerns or simply want to hear more, please call, email, or come by. We’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for your patience! We know that you will enjoy what’s coming.


Donning of the Kente Ceremony for December 2014 Graduates, Tuesday, December 9 at 4:00 p.m.
Graduate Life Center's Multipurpose Room

    Donning of Kente

The Donning of the Kente (DOK) is an annual cultural commencement ceremony celebrating the graduation of students who recognize their African roots. The Donning of the Kente Ceremony utilizes the Ghanaian Kente cloth as a symbol of African American heritage in the adornment of the graduation robe. Family, colleagues, and friends gather to celebrate the achievements of graduates receiving their undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. The Black Organizations Council (BOC) designs this ceremony to provide graduates with a positive and rewarding experience which recognizes them for their hard work and dedication. Family, friends, mentors and faculty/staff members are a very important part of this recognition ceremony. During the ceremony, each graduate can have one person join them on stage to acknowledge their achievements and adorn them with their Kente stole. Graduates who participate in the ceremony are able to wear their Kente stole during the University's commencement ceremonies. This semester, the DOK ceremony will be held in collaboration with The Black Student Alliance's annual Kwanzaa celebration. More information


Did you know that MPS is an advocacy office?

As a unit within the Dean of Students, we embrace the values of student empowerment, helping students recognize and achieve their aspirations, and compassionate student advocacy. That means that folks can report injustice to our office, you could consider us consultants in your work, and we aim to be partners in addressing the specific needs of underrepresented groups on our campus.


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Find out what programs are offered by our student groups, our office, and other offices! Sign up for the listserv. You will receive one email per week, on Monday morning, outlining what’s going on around campus.