Black Grad

The Black Grad ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 4p- 6p in the Quarry Amphitheater; This is a ticketed event. 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.

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 Ghanian 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

Black Grad 2019 Participation Form


Important Dates: 

Black Grad Participant Session 

Date: May 2019 

Time: TBD

Location: TBD

Black Grad Rehearsal