In 1996, Gwendolyn E. Snearl and Tayarikwa Salaam developed a program to honor and celebrate the achievements of African American students graduating from LSU. Thus, the Robing Ceremony was born. The Robing Ceremony recognizes and celebrates the successful passage of these students through Louisiana State University into the community. To date over 1,900 graduating seniors have participated in the nineteen previous ceremonies. It is no surprise that the Robing Ceremony continues to be an event that is eagerly anticipated by the entire community.
*Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Clarence L. Barney Jr. African American Cultural Center will not be hosting an in-person 2021 Robing Ceremony. However, graduates may still order Kente Cloth stoles.
The Kente Cloth
The Kente Cloth presented to the LSU graduates is custom made for LSU, using the colors purple and gold. The cloth was designed and woven in Ghana, West Africa. The patterns and colors woven into the Kente represent distinctive qualities exemplified by Louisiana State University graduates. The colors purple and gold not only represent the tradition of our great University but also the royalty and precious metals from our rich heritage.
Kente Cloth Order Information
Graduates may order 2021 Kente Cloth stoles at the Clarence L. Barney Jr. African American Cultural Center. Graduates can pay in person with a check, money order or cash. Electronic payments are now available using the electronic form below:
Click here to pay with a credit or debit card.
The expected date of Kente Cloth arrival is May 3, 2021. Graduates will only be able to pick up Kente Cloth stoles in person. (Shipping will not be available).
Kente Cloth Fee: $25.00
(A limited number of 2020 Kente Cloth stoles remain available for purchase in the Clarence L. Barney Jr. African American Cultural Center.)
For more information please visit the LSU Clarence L. Barney Jr. African American Cultural Center at 86 Veterans Drive (next to Barnes & Noble) or call (225) 578-1627.