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The Donning of the Kente (DOK) is an annual Ceremony recognizing 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 graduating student. Coordinated by the Black Organizations Council (BOC), Virginia Tech was one of the first institutions in the state to celebrate Donning of the Kente beginning in 1995.
The 38th semi-annual Donning of the Kente Ceremony will take place on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. in the Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires Student Center. The Donning of the Kente Ceremony serves as a celebration of achievement for undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. candidates. 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. Graduates should dress business casual. This year, the DOK Ceremony will be held immediately before the Black Student Alliance's (BSA) Annual Kwanzaa Celebration, which begins at 7:00 p.m., also in Old Dominion Ballroom. Light refreshments will be served after the DOK Ceremony. A full dinner will be served during the Kwanzaa Celebration.
The Black Organizations Council (BOC) is hoping that you, a student graduating in December 2013, would like to participate in the Donning of the Kente Ceremony. If you are interested in participating, please RSVP through the VT survey link no later than Monday, November 18. In order to participate in the Ceremony, participants 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 before 5 p.m. on Monday, November 18. 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.
The Black Organizations Council hopes that you will add the Donning of the Kente Ceremony on December 9 to your graduation celebrations! If you have any questions regarding this Ceremony, please feel free to email Rudney Danquah (email@example.com) or Aida Gebretekle (firstname.lastname@example.org).
American Indian Heritage Month (AIHM) will be celebrated at Virginia Tech from October 15 – November 15, 2013. This year’s theme is “Guiding Our Destiny with Heritage and Traditions.” Printed copies of the American Indian Heritage Month poster will be distributed to various departments and individuals on campus. If you would like additional copies of the AIHM poster, please contact Kristen Swanson Houston (email@example.com) via email. Thank you for supporting American Indian Heritage Month!
Black History Month will be celebrated at Virginia Tech from February 1 – 28, 2014. All student organizations, university departments and community partners are encouraged to submit proposals to sponsor a program for Black History Month. Preference will be given to programs and events that relate to the 2014 theme, “Civil Rights in America” and the Division of Student Affairs Aspirations for Student Learning. Proposals are due no later than 5 pm on Wednesday, November 20. All proposals should be submitted electronically, through the VT Survey. Check out previous Black History Month programs for additional information.