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19th Annual Black Graduation Celebration


June 12, 2015


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


University Presbyterian Church, 4540 15th Ave NE Seattle, WA 98105

The Black Graduation Ceremony is a non-denominational and pre-commencement celebration that honors African and African American students who through unyielding determination have successfully completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from the University of Washington. The event recognizes their accomplishment and provides an opportunity for graduates to honor significant people who have helped them achieve their goal. Students are honored together in one setting, and their families also get the opportunity to celebrate their hard work and dedication. The Ceremony reinforces the bonds of scholarship and extends the sense of community. The intimate Ceremony is representative of African and African American culture and culminates with a Kente Stole presentation which allows significant people to bestow a kente cloth around the shoulders of the graduate as a sign of honor and accomplishment.

Tickets Required?

No, tickets will not be required for this event. Graduates will need to check-in at the registration booth. Kente Stole Presenters will need to check-in at the Kente stole presenter check-in booth.

Cap and Gown Required?

Yes, graduation regalia is strongly encouraged.

For Further Information Contact

Black Graduation Planning Committee



Event Parking

Parking for this event is not controlled by the UW as the event does not occur on campus. Please check with the departmental contact person for parking procedures.