Inaugural Black Student Stole Ceremony

So with all the fun of graduating college comes all the cool ceremonies you get to attend. I was honored to attend CSU Channel Islands first Black Student Stole Ceremony. This was to honor and recognize the black students who were graduating. It was nice to connect with the other black students on my campus and celebrate each other’s success. Being a black college student in a primarily Hispanic school, it is hard to spot us out. So being able to celebrate our accomplishments with people who understand the struggles it was being a black college student was great. I am immensely proud of everyone who graduated. Here are a few photos from the event!


Each student poured sand into this box and on the back, we were able to sign the back. For the future graduates, they will continue this ritual also and it will continue as a legacy.


The man in this photo is Dr. Sawyer, or Doc as everyone calls him, is the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs at CSU Channel Islands. He is such a brilliant man! I met him my first day at CI during Discover CI, where prospective incoming freshmen come to visit the campus and get things going before heading to orientation. He has looked out for me and motivated me so much. I could not have done CI without him.



These girls have been there since my first day of checking in to CI. We were roommates for 2 years, my freshmen and sophomore year, and somehow we stuck together and graduated together. They are amazing and I cannot believe our time at CI has come to an end. It isn’t often you meet people in your life that stay by you through things like this. Forever grateful for their constant love and support!


This is me in the courtyard by the art building. This is me with my Kente cloth stole and medallion. I wore these proudly at commencement. This was the day before commencement and I took this time to walk around my campus one more time. It was a great experience to attend this! I left my legacy here at CI and I couldn’t think of a better way to end it!



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