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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for this event?

Graduate names are collected from UW and an email is sent out. There is a link on the Black Grad home page as well. If you have not gotten an email and are a graduating student, email

What if I did not register? Can I still participate?

We do accept walk-in registration but your name will not appear in the program and we may not have a Kente stole or gift for you.

Can I update my registration information?

You can update your registration up until a certain date for it to show in the program correctly and get a stole.

Is this a ticketed event?

No. The 2023 event will not be ticketed. It will be live streamed on YouTube. See the home page for details.

What is the dress code for the event?

Graduates are strongly encouraged to wear their graduation regalia (cap/gown) and or cultural attire. Please email the committee if you have any issues with this

Where do I get the stole?

You must be registered for and attend the event to receive a stole. Graduates will be gifted a stole at the event in person, that will be presented to them by people chose. Up to 2 people maximum can come on stage to present a stole to a graduate.

If I cannot attend the ceremony, or want it in advance, can I get a stole?

Traditionally stoles are only given out in person at the ceremony as a gift to graduates for participating in the ceremony, not as a graduation gift.

How do I contact the Black Graduation Planning Committee with any questions?

You can contact us via email at: Please allow 48-72 hours for a response.

How can I donate to Black Grad?

You can use the link below. Click the ADD button next to ‘Office Minority Affairs and Diversity Kente Ceremony Fund.’ Then you can select to give once or monthly and how much to give. Then select ‘Add to Basket’ and then select ‘Give Now.’

Will the event have ASL or captioning?

Yes, this year’s virtual event will have both ASL interpreters and Real Time Captioning. The YouTube Livestream will also have Closed Captioning options.