STU introduces kente stoles to recognize Black graduates’ unique histories

St Thomas University has announced that it will be celebrating Black graduates’ unique histories with a kente stole at convocation ceremonies. The stole commemorates the unique challenges that Black students have overcome to pursue their education and represents Black thriving after displacement. CBC reports that the colour of each stripe comes with a meaning: Red represents passion, gold represents status and serenity, black represents spiritual awareness, blue represents harmony and a pure spirit, green represents renewal, and yellow represents fertility. “For me, it is a representation of everything that everyone has done for me to get here, so my parents, my ancestors, each and every professor and friend that has poured into me,” said STU student Kryssonia Wedderburn, who introduced the idea. CBC Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.