African Heritage Graduation Ceremony



Saturday, May 17, at 4 p.m. - Wilkins Theater
Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, New Jersey

The 2014 African Heritage Graduation Ceremony includes undergraduates, graduates and doctorates from January and candidates who have filed for graduation in May and August. This ceremony is a cultural celebration which family, friends and the Kean community come together to honor students’ personal success and academic achievements in the spirit and traditions of our African culture.

Graduate Arrival Time

Please Arrive at Wilkins Theater no later than 2:45 p.m. wearing your African Attire. Proceed to Room 143 for Graduate Registration. You will prepare for processional lineup by signing in, obtaining your graduate card, taking your graduate photo (optional) and gathering with your fellow graduates in your assigned areas. There, you will be directed by a Kean Faculty or Staff member, who will be wearing authorized A.F.H.G committee badges. Graduate Lineup will begin promptly at 3:30 p.m. The procession will follow at 3:50 p.m. No guests will be allowed in the graduate room or lineup area.

Tickets Information

Tickets will not be required for entry into the Ceremony. This ceremony is open to the Public and the Kean Community. However, online pre-registration of all participating graduates will be required. If you have not registered, please click the link below:



Important Dates

Friday, May 2, 2014 by midnight

Deadline to SUBMIT an ONLINE APPLICATION to participate as a GRADUATE in the 2014 African Heritage Graduation Ceremony. Registration will close at midnight, Eastern time. 

Friday, May 9, 2014 by 5:00 p.m.


(Graduate packets consist of a Kente Stole, DVD copy of the ceremony & a Commemorative Journal)

Please make your check/money order payments payable to: Kean University
on the memo line: “C.B.P- African Heritage Graduation Ceremony”

Visit the Office of Africana Studies for payment inquiries.

Tips for a memorable and safe ceremony

  • Please plan accordingly and allow plenty of time to arrive at the venue no later than 2:45 pm.

  • Please remember to wear your African Attire to the ceremony.

  • Since part of the ceremony will include walking of stairs, we recommend that you wear comfortable flat to low heel shoes.

  • Please follow the instructions of the A.F.H.G. volunteers and staff who will be wearing Committee Badges. They are there to make sure that the event proceeds in an orderly fashion.

  • Never leave your belongings unattended.

  • Please be courteous and turn off all electronic devices.

  • Do not leave the theater until the ceremony is completed.

  • No food, beverages, coolers, bottles or cans will be allowed inside Wilkins theater. 

  • Refrain from bringing balloons for your loved one into Wilkins Theater.

Ms. Lisia Aikens

Office of Africana Studies
Hutchinson Hall 103
Kean University - 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, New Jersey 07083 - 908-737-KEAN (5326) - Campus Map - Directions - Directory