Itanwa Orinwa (Our Story, Our Song) is a graduation ceremony dedicated to celebrating the achievements of Syracuse University graduates of color. This will be the 17th year that this ceremony has been put on by the Student African American Society with guidance from the Department of African American Studies and the Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience.
The event begins with a libation to bless the ceremony. There will be an award given, followed by student speakers and performances. It concludes with the presentation of the Kente stoles to each participating graduate. The Kente cloth is a meaningful sartorial material and Kente stoles have a historical presence in our culture, representing the pride we have in our African heritage. Every aspect of the cloth is symbolic. The gold = status/serenity; yellow = fertility; green = renewal; blue = pure spirit/harmony; red = passion; black = union/spiritual awareness. It is a tradition adapted from Ghana in which Kente is a royal cloth and its presentation is a loving rite of passage gift.
After each graduate is presented with their Kente stole the event will conclude with a final presentation slide show of all the achievements we have accomplished and all of the bonds we have made during our time here at Syracuse University.
This event was published on April 26, 2019.