Donning of the Kente Achievement Ceremony at Elon University

On Thursday, May 18, 2017, I had the distinct honor to serve as the keynote speaker for Elon University’s inaugural Donning of the Kente Ceremony. The celebration was part of the 127th Commencement exercises.

During the ceremony each graduate received a stole made of kente cloth, a symbol of royalty and excellence in West African societies.  The stoles were bestowed upon the graduates by family, faculty, alumni and friends to recognize their triumphs and successes. Graduates wore the stoles at Commencement in honor of their heritage and achievements.  Fifty-three graduates were acknowledged at the event.

I was amazed by the diversity of the campus activities and career interests of the graduates. While I hoped to inspire members of the graduating class with my address, their perseverance, accomplishments and unity undoubtedly inspired me.

Congratulations to the Class of 2017. Long Live Elon!