ALANA Graduation Kente Stole Ceremony
The ALANA Graduation Reception & Kente Stole presentation is a celebration of success for ALANA – African / African American / Black; Latino / Latina / Hispanic; Asian / Pacific Islander; Native American / Indigenous / First nation – students. This event culminates with the presentation of traditional Ghanaian Kente cloth graduation stoles. The Kente stole signifies students’ “rite of passage” and the commencing of their leadership in the world. Graduates will wear the Kente stoles at their respective university graduations, adding to the celebratory nature of University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Commencement celebrations. This is a proud moment for our students, many of whom were once identified as first-generation, low-income, at-risk youth; now deemed worthy of a college degree and University of Massachusetts Dartmouth diploma.
Celebrating diversity & excellence
UMass Dartmouth celebrates African/Black, Latin/Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Native American/Indigenous graduates of color. Read about how our ALANA students discovered their pathway to success through community engagement, leadership roles, networking opportunities, & real-world experience.