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Virtual Donning of the Kente 2021

In 2012, William & Mary added a new tradition, Donning of the Kente, to commencement weekend.  By instituting this rite of passage ceremony, W&M joined the ranks of other universities across the country in celebrating excellence, both personal and academic, for students of color.

Many students have remarked that one of the aspects of the ceremony that made it very special was the opportunity to choose their donner. This feature of the ceremony gave them the chance to not only celebrate their accomplishments but also to recognize someone special in their lives. As a result, parents, siblings, friends, faculty, and administrators have served in this very special role.

We want our graduates (undergraduates, graduate, and professional) to know that their relationship with the university does not end at graduation. A new chapter begins when you become an alumnus. We want to continue to share in your development and growth as an active and engaged alumnus.  The Donning of the Kente Ceremony is the first step in this relationship.

As with many other William & Mary Commencement traditions, the Donning of the Kente will look different this year, but we hope that the same joy and excitement that has marked this celebration in the past will be present.   


Date/Time:Thursday, May 20th at 5 pm

Location: Virtual 

Graduating Classes: 2020 and 2021 

Class of 2021: Register to participate in this ceremony and receive a FREE Kente stole by clicking here.

Class of 2020: Graduates who registered for DOK last year are welcome to participate in the May 20, 2021 ceremony. 

This event is sponsored by The Lemon Project: A Journey of Reconciliation and the Hulon Willis Alumni Association.