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U of T’s Black Graduation is the first of its kind in Canada

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Published on June 08, 2017 with No Comments

An  important moment for Black students across the three campuses of University of Toronto will be witnessed when close to 200 students would come together attend Canada’s first-ever Black Graduation celebration at the University of Toronto this month For decades, Black Graduation ceremonies have been an American tradition – institutions such as Stanford University and Columbia University host pre-commencement or post-commencement events, honouring African and African American students for overcoming obstacles to higher education. Some organize ceremonies reflective of Black heritage and culture, presenting grads with kente stoles. Harvard University also held its first Black Graduation this year.

The celebration on June 22 at Hart House will include speakers from the Black academic community, awards presentations, a DJ and artists who will perform live painting during the event.

Funded by the University of Toronto, the event is open to all Black-identifying Class of 2017 students in undergraduate, master’s degree and PhD programs from U of T Mississauga, U of T Scarborough and the downtown Toronto campus.

 

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