Adekola Adedapo of Alverno College’s Cultural Education Center, puts the Kente cloth around the neck of friend and Alverno graduate Michelle Smith during that schools “Bestowing of the Kente” ceremony held inside Alverno’s Wehr Auditorium over the weekend. The ceremony was held after the regular graduation exercise and allows the Black women graduates to reconnect with their African roots while honoring the importance of their culture. This was the first time in several years that the ceremony was held. It was held for the first time in 1994 at the urging of two Black Alverno grads seeking a way to make graduation special. The Kente ceremony exemplifies the characteristics of resourcefulness, improvement, endurance, perseverance and achievement. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)
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