Donning of the Kente

May 20, 2022
5pm
Location
Sunken Garden

Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
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donning of the kente

In 2012, William & Mary added a new tradition, Donning of the Kente, to commencement weekend.  By instituting this rite of passage ceremony, W&M joined the ranks of other universities across the country in celebrating excellence, both personal and academic, for students of color. Everyone is welcome to take part in this rites of passage ceremony.

Many students have remarked that one of the aspects of the ceremony that made it very special was the opportunity to choose their donner. This feature of the ceremony gave them the chance to not only celebrate their accomplishments but also to recognize someone special in their lives. As a result, parents, siblings, friends, faculty, and administrators have served in this very special role.

We want our graduates (undergraduates, graduate, and professional) to know that their relationship with the university does not end at graduation. A new chapter begins when you become an alumnus. We want to continue to share in your development and growth as an active and engaged alumnus.  The Donning of the Kente Ceremony is the first step in this relationship.

This event is sponsored by The Lemon Project: A Journey of Reconciliation and the Hulon Willis Alumni Association.

Contact

Sarah Thomas, setho2@wm.edu