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Spring 2014 Donning of the Kente Ceremony

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 and friends are a very important part of this recognition ceremony and are given an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of their loved ones. Each graduate that participates in the ceremony will receive a Kente stole, which they are able to wear during the University's commencement ceremonies.

Virginia Tech was one of the first institutions in the state to celebrate Donning of the Kente beginning in 1995. The 39th semi-annual Donning of the Kente Ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires Student Center. A dessert reception will be held immediately after the ceremony, also in the Commonwealth Ballroom.

MAY GRADUATES: As a graduate, the deadline to register to participate in the DOK Ceremony is Friday, April 25 by 5 p.m., via the survey link. In order to participate in the Ceremony, graduates must have a Kente stole. Kente stoles may be purchased through BOC for $30. If you would like for BOC to purchase a stole for you, your payment of $30 should be taken to the Squires Ticket Office by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 25. If you have your own stole and do not need BOC to purchase one for you, please indicate such when you RSVP via the survey.

FACULTY, STAFF AND ADMINISTRATORS: As a member of Virginia Tech’s faculty, staff and administration, an RSVP is requested if you would like to attend the Donning of the Kente Ceremony. Additionally, if you would like to dress in your academic regalia and participate in the faculty/staff processional, you may also indicate so in your response. Please visit https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1394995810280 to RSVP. The deadline to respond is by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 5.


Hispanic-Latino Achievement Ceremony May, 2014

The 10 annual Virginia Tech Hispanic-Latino Achievement Ceremony celebrate the graduation of students who recognize their Hispanic roots. Family, colleagues, and friends gather to honor the graduating student. Coordinated by the Hispanic and Latino Faculty and Staff Caucus, LASO, and MPS.

The Achievement Ceremony has been an annual tradition since 2005. More than 150 Hispanic/Latino students have been recognized during this special occasion. The event celebrates the accomplishments of Hispanic-Latino undergraduate and graduate students. Participating students receive a Stole at the ceremony, which can be worn with their academic regalia.

The Achievement Ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. in the Recital Salon, following by a reception in Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires Student Center.

The Hispanic and Latino Faculty and Staff Caucus, LASO, and MPS design this ceremony to provide graduates with a positive and rewarding experience which recognizes them for their hard work and dedication. Family and friends are a very important part of this recognition ceremony and are given an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of their loved ones.

The Hispanic and Latino Faculty and Staff Caucus, LASO, and MPS is hoping that you, a Hispanic student graduating in May 2014, would like to participate in The Virginia Tech Hispanic-Latino Achievement Ceremony.

If you are interested in participating, please RSVP through the VT survey link no later than Friday April 11.  

The Hispanic and Latino Faculty and Staff Caucus, LASO, and MPS, hope that you will add the Hispanic-Latino Achievement Ceremony on May 15 to your graduation celebrations!  If you have any questions regarding this Ceremony, please feel free to email Veronica Montes (vmontes@vt.edu)


SafeZone News....

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