Black women students at Alverno receive Kente cloths during special ceremony Former Milwaukee County Supervisor Lee Holloway proudly bestowed a Kente stove around the neck of his niece Roxanne Hendon (pictured at far left). Holloway was standing in for his late brother and Hendon’s father, Charles Holloway.
The moving scene took place at Alverno College where the Bestowing of the Kente ceremony took place at the college’s Sister Joel Read Conference Center after the regular commencement exercise. The ceremony is held during both the winter and spring commencement exercises. The Kente is regarded as a symbol of prestige and is reserved for important and special occasions. For Black Alverno students it exemplifies the characteristics of resourcefulness, improvement, endurance, perseverance and achievement. It also symbolizes their rite of passage and celebrates their graduation.