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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.

Class of 2020 and 2021 ALANA Graduation Kente Stole Ceremony

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.

Adriana Lebreault carries a Dominican Republic flag at commencement
Adriana Lebreault '23: Overcoming adversity

First-generation and independent student finds community and support system at UMassD

Busola Awobode '22, English major and Philosophy minor
Busola Awobode '22: Seizing opportunities

Senior English major and philosophy minor in the College of Arts and Sciences

Stephanie Teixeira ’22: Nursing major and student leader

First-generation college student has excelled in academics and leadership and is grateful for the "village" of supporters who played a role in her success

Cachelle Johnson Lewis, UMassD College of Engineering student
Cachelle Johnson-Lewis '21 joins Dell EMC

Networking & pursuing professional development + leadership opportunities helped prepare Cachelle for her full-time position as a project/program management analyst at Dell EMC.

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