JCU's Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion celebrates graduating seniors' contributions to the program during its annual awards ceremony. Students were honored last week during the 10th Annual Multicultural Recognition Program. The program recognizes students of historically underrepresented communities who have been involved with CSDI, in student cultural organizations, MELT, and other leadership positions at JCU within their four academic years.
The multicultural recognition program highlighted students' various achievements and contributions to the CSDI program. Seniors who will be the first in their families to earn a college degree received the first-generation cord in the colors of teal and black. These are the nationally recognized colors of first-generation college graduates.
CSDI awarded graduating seniors active in department programs with Kente Cloth graduation stoles. The donning of the Kente Cloth is a cultural rite of passage celebrated by colleges and universities since the 1960s. The Kente Cloth originates from the Ashanti culture in Ghana, representing the culture's history, philosophy, ethics, values, and diverse religious beliefs.