Black Grad

This year's Black Grad ceremony was hosted virtually on Saturday, June 13, 2020 from 4:30pm-5:30pm. For decades, the African American Resource and Cultural Center (AARCC) has been hosting the annual Black Grad ceremony. Each year we come together to celebrate and honor our graduating ABC seniors on their amazing accomplishment. To watch this year's ceremony, you can click this link.

Black Grad is the AARCC's largest event of the year drawing in more than 800 students and their loved ones. During the ceremony there are lively performances, powerful keynote speakers, and the graduates are given a chance to say a few words upon receiving their graduation certificate. Many students are adorned in traditional Kente Stoles as a gift from AARCC.

The Kente cloth is deeply rooted in Ghanaian culture and has become a symbol of pride for descendants of the African diaspora. The donning of these stoles continue to acknowledge the amazing accomplishments and achievement made possible through their hard work, as well as the love, support, and contributions given to them by their family and ancestors. For questions, please email sfthomas@ucsc.edu