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Christmas Kente is Friday for African/African American students

Consistent with 17th-Century West African traditions, Marshall University will have a Christmas Kente ceremony for its African/African American 2015 December graduates Friday, Dec. 11.

The celebration begins at 4 p.m. in the Brad D. Smith Foundation Hall, located at 519 John Marshall Dr. The university will have its annual winter commencement at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in downtown Huntington.

“This traditional rite of passage to receive their very own hand-woven Kente Cloth will define and capture one of the most significant moments of their lives,” said Maurice Cooley, associate vice president for intercultural affairs at Marshall.

Marshall conducts a Donning of the Kente ceremony in the spring before graduation.