POSTED: Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 9:00am
UPDATED: Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 9:04am
BATON ROUGE, LA — More than 500 African and African-American students will have the opportunity to participate in the LSU African-American Cultural Center’s 16th annual Robing Ceremony on Thursday, May 17, at 6 p.m. in the Bo Campbell Auditorium at the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes.
The Robing Ceremony honors and celebrates African and African-American students who have successfully completed their college careers and will be receiving an undergraduate or graduate degree at LSU. This event, which resembles traditional African ceremonies, is held at the end of each spring semester.
At the ceremony, degree candidates receive the traditional African Kente stole, woven in LSU colors, to signify the completion of their academic journey. The patterns and colors woven into the Kente represent distinctive qualities exemplified by LSU graduates. The colors purple and gold not only represent the great tradition of the university, but also royalty and precious metals. Parents, faculty members or significant persons to the graduate participate in the ceremony by robing the students using the stole.
Katrice Albert, vice provost for Equity, Diversity & Community Outreach, will give the welcome address and Chancellor Michael Martin will be making special remarks. Brandon Smith, LSU community affairs liaison, will give the graduate and community charge, and Cassandra Rideau, who will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture, will give remarks on behalf of the class of 2012. A Karimu, or Feast of Joy, reception will follow in the L-Club Room of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
This year, the Robing Ceremony is celebrating its 16th anniversary. In 1996, Gwendolyn E. Snearl and Tayarikwa Salaam developed a program to honor and celebrate the achievements of African-American students graduating from LSU and the Robing Ceremony was born. The Robing Ceremony recognizes and celebrates the successful passage of these students through LSU into the community. To date more than 1,500 graduating seniors have participated in the 15 previous ceremonies. It is no surprise that the Robing Ceremony continues to be an event that is eagerly anticipated by the entire community.
The Robing Ceremony is sponsored by the African-American Cultural Center; the Office of Multicultural Affairs; the Office of Equity, Diversity & Community Outreach; and the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes.