Karamu | Kent State University

Karamu Ya Wahitimu

Karamu Ya Wahitimu,Swahili for Celebration of the Graduates, is a pre-commencement celebration and final Rites of Passage graduation ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of all graduating African, African American, Native American and Latino/Hispanic undergraduate and graduate students.

Students are recognized in a culturally relevant format by a faculty member of color in their respective colleges, which includes the presentation of a cultural cloth and certificate. The program also includes a keynote speaker and reception.

 Karamu Ya Wahitimu is held during the fall and spring semesters.