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Black Graduation

The Black Graduation Celebration is an annual event held in June to commemorate the many achievements of Stanford's graduating students with family and friends. In conjunction with the traditional commencement, it is meant to celebrate the long tradition of cultural awareness at Stanford.

Over the past 40+ years, this event has grown in attendance to more than 1,500 family, friends, faculty, staff and alumni. An integral part of the ceremony includes a family member joining their graduate on stage to place a Kente Cloth around their shoulders when their name and degree are called.

Significance of the Kente Ceremony

Kente Cloth originates from the Asante (Ashanti) people of Ghana in West Africa. The Kente Ceremony acknowledges that our achievement is made possible by the support of family, friends and loved ones. This "passing of the torch" recognizes the contributions and sacrifices of our ancestors on whose shoulders we continue to stand in pursuit of our goals.

Black Graduation is June 13th, 2020

Schedule of Events

Black Graduation Rehearsal (for graduates only)

Date: Thursday, June 11, 2020
Time: 2:30–3:30 pm
Location: Memorial Auditorium

Black Grad Dessert Reception (for graduates, family, and friends)

Date: Friday, June 12, 2020
Time: 7 pm
Location: Black Community Services Center
This is a time to mingle and introduce your family to the graduating class. This event is always packed!

Black Graduation Celebration Ceremony

Date: Saturday, June 13, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Memorial Auditorium
Registration for Graduates and Kente Presenters: 6:15 pm

Reception (immediately following)

Date: Saturday, June 13, 2020
Time: 9:30 pm 
Location: Arrillaga Recreation Center
This an opportunity to get those final pictures in and dance the night away. Refreshments will be provided.