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April 16, 2004
CONTACT: Faith Jackson
Office of University Relations

African Heritage Graduation at Kean University

UNION, N.J. – –Concerned Black Personnel (CBP) of Kean University will hold its 18th annual celebration for graduating students of African heritage on Sunday, April 25, at 3 p.m. in Downs Hall on the main campus at 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, N.J. As the only celebration of its kind in the entire state, the African Heritage Graduation is a rite-of-passage ceremony reflecting African cultural traditions. It also provides the occasion for Kean students, faculty and staff to reflect upon the accomplishments of – and to celebrate the opportunities that abound – for Kean’s students of African descent.

“As one of our many efforts to help ensure the success of scholars of African heritage, Concerned Black Personnel of Kean University (CBP) felt it important to honor our graduating seniors, and so, in 1987, established the first African Heritage Graduation,” said Dr. Marilyn White, president of CBP and professor of anthropology. “We have held it every year since then to great response. We are fortunate to have acknowledged thousands of students through this ceremony over the years, and I’m proud to say that many of these young people have gone on to great success.”

Admission is free, but tax-deductible donations are accepted to continue the tradition of holding the African Heritage Graduation. To R.S.V.P. or obtain further information, contact Craig Morris at University Center Administration (908) 737-5200.