Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

Black Graduation Ceremony

Black Graduation

20th Annual Black Graduation Ceremony

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Deadline: May 27

Date: June 10, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location: University Presbyterian Church (This event is non-denominational)
Address: 4540 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Parking: Available on site. More information here.
Note: You can also park on the UW Campus and walk to the church (please note, fees may be administered)

About the Black Graduation Ceremony

The Black Graduation Ceremony is a pre-commencement celebration to honor African and African American students; who through unyielding determination have successfully completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from the University of Washington. The Ceremony is representative of African and African American culture and heritage, embraces the value of community and scholarship, and culminates with a Kente Stole presentation. This is a Celebration for Graduates to be recognized for their accomplishments and provided an opportunity to honor significant people who have helped them achieve their goal. Students are honored together in one setting, and their families also get the opportunity to celebrate their hard work and dedication.

Participation in the UW Black Graduation Ceremony is open to all UW undergraduate and graduate students who have earned their degree between autumn 15’, winter 16’, spring 16’ or will earn their degree summer 16’.

Graduates must register by May 27, 2016 to be listed in the program, receive a recognition gift, and complimentary guest tickets.

The Kente Ceremony

Kente is native to Ghana and 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. Often reserved for royalty, the stole is a visual representation of history, philosophy, ethics, oral literature, religious beliefs, social values and political thoughts.

During the Ceremony each graduate will be gifted with a Kente stole by a significant person or people in their lives.

2014 Photo Gallery

*Due to budget constraints and a minimal number of on-campus venues to accommodate our graduates, their families and the campus community, churches within the surrounding area have been our best alternative option. The Black Graduation Committee is currently considering other viable options to return this celebration to the UW Seattle campus.