You are here: Home Events The Black Student Unions Rites of Passage Ceremony

Note: This event occurred in the past. Browse for upcoming events.

The Black Student Unions Rites of Passage Ceremony

When
May 12, 2013
from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where African American Performing Arts Center
Contact Name
Add event to calendar vCal
iCal

Graduates at the 2012 Rites of Passage Ceremony.

The Black Student Unions Rites of Passage Ceremony, an annual event for members of the BSU who meet specific criteria, will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 12, at Expo New Mexico (the state fairgrounds) in the African American Performing Arts Center (map).

The sixth annual ceremony will involve about 50 APS high school students who will receive Kente cloths as part of the tradition. The word Kente means “that which will not tear under any condition.”  Each pattern is different and special and the colors have meaning. Gold means wealth and good luck, and red stands for beauty and life. The cloth is a form of non-verbal communication that expresses pride and identity. Kentes, which have never been mass-produced, include all the elements of culture and are a celebration of life.

The seniors often wear the Kente cloths during graduation activities.

The keynote speaker for Sunday's ceremony is Gregory Lee, Jr., president of the National Association of Black Journalists and executive sports editor of the South Florida Sentinel.

Document Actions