West African traditions were used as a means to honor students Saturday afternoon.
Black Student Services hosted its recognition ceremony in the Lory Student Center, where several CSU faculty adorned seniors with Kente stoles – pieces of cloth traditionally worn at important ceremonies in West Africa.
The event recognized people and organizations for their contributions, and awarded special recognition to students with outstanding qualifiers such as high grade point averages.
Danisha Anderson, a junior liberal arts student, coordinated the program that featured the Black National Anthem. Herman Gaddy, a senior liberal arts student, performed the national anthem. Linda Kuk, vice president for student affairs, and Dana Hiatt, director of equal opportunity and diversity introduction, provided opening remarks for the event.
Jennifer Williams Molock, director of the Office of Black Student Services, said half of all black CSU students earn a 3.0 GPA or higher.
"We stand on the shoulders of our family, our teachers and our friends," Molock said.
The event concluded with remarks by Dawn Pearson, former director of Black Student Services, and a slide presentation.