Kente Cloth Graduation Stole

“KENTE” is a brilliantly colorful fabric, entirely hand-woven on a horizontal treadle loom by the Asantes in Ghana, Africa. In the past, Kente were worn by the kings, queens, rich and highly respected people.  Today, Kente cloth is usually worn for festivals, graduations, ceremonies, religious and other sacred occasions.

Kente is more important than just a cloth. It is a visual representation of history, philosophy, ethics, oral literature, moral values, social code of conduct, religious beliefs, political thought and aesthetic principles.  Gold is a symbol of royalty, wealth, and spiritual purity. Green is associated with plants and stand for growth and good health. Red stands for blood and for strong political and spiritual feelings. White stands for purity and healing. Black stands for strong spiritual energy, and the spirits of the ancestors.

At Webster University, the MCISA thanks those students who have been ambassadors for our office through gifting them a Kente Cloth Graduation Stole. These special stoles are worn around the neck of graduates at the graduation ceremony in May.

The Kente Cloth Graduation Stole celebrates our students who have been engaged in diversity programming and supported the goals of the MCISA.  These special students are recognized for their contributions to the MCISA and the Webster University community. Participants must have been continually involved in diversity programming throughout their college experience, and are chosen by the MCISA staff.