May 24, 2008

African-American Graduation celebrates self determination

Photo: African-American Graduation

Sacramento State’s 22nd annual African-American Graduation Celebration took place from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, May 22, in the campus’ University Union Ballroom. The theme of this year’s ceremony was, “Kujichagulia,” which means “self determination.”

The special ceremony, presented by the Cooper-Woodson College Enhancement Program, celebrated the graduation of 410 African-American undergraduate and graduate students for the 2007-08 school year, said Cooper-Woodson College director Boatamo Mosupyoe. “It’s a celebration, to show there are a lot of positive factors going on in the African-American community.”

The event included a presentation by Fannie Foster Scholarship recipient Kimberly Folkes, a keynote speech from Reverend Dwight Ford, and several choir performances. Approximately 50 students participated in the ceremony with family, friends and community members in attendance.