Center for Multicultural Initiatives (CMI)

North Foundation Hall, Room 104
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309
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(248) 370-4404

Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m
Wednesdays with extended hours: 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Black Excellence Celebratory, April 26, 2020

Black Excellence Celebratory

The Black Excellence Celebratory is a pre-commencement celebration to honor African and African American students who through unbending determination have successfully completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from Oakland University. The Celebratory is representative of African and African American culture and heritage, encompasses or embodies the value of community and scholarship and concludes with a Kente Stole presentation. This is a Celebration for Graduates to be recognized for their accomplishments and will provide a charge to them for the future. Students are honored together form similar commendations and their families also get the opportunity to celebrate their hard work and commitment.

Participation in the 2020 OU Black Excellence Celebratory is open to all OU undergraduate and graduate students who will earn their degree winter 2020, spring/summer 2020 and fall 2020.

Students must apply to graduate to participate in the Black Excellence Celebratory. For more information on applying to graduate, please visit

Event Details

Sunday, April 26, 2020  
4:00 pm-6:00 pm ~ Oakland Center Ballrooms
Doors Open at 3:30 pm
Graduates must arrive at 3:15 pm in your OU Gown (no caps please)
The Kente

Kente is native to Ghana and was developed in the 17th century by the Ashanti people. It has its roots in a long tradition of African weaving, dating back to about 3000 B.C. Often reserved for royalty, the stole is a visual representation of history, philosophy, ethics, oral literature, religious beliefs, social values and political thoughts.

During the Ceremony each graduate will be gifted with a Kente stole by a vice president of the university.