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Record Number of Students to Participate in Nia Rite of Passage Celebration

Posted on 9 May 2013 | 8:31 am

NIAMore than 30 College of Charleston graduates will participate in the third annual Nia Rite of Passage Celebration on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Stern Center Ballroom. Nia, the Swahili term for purpose, means “to make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.” This program will honor not only the graduates themselves, but also those that helped them to get where they are today, including parents, family, and loved ones while reminding us “to whom much is given, much is required.” The event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Programs and Services.

“We want to provide a celebration that is representative of African American and African tradition, heritage, culture, and legacy and reaffirm the campus and community’s commitment to encourage and support students,” says Teresa Smith, director of the Office of Multicultural Student Programs and Services. “This ceremony marks a tradition of valuing our cultural offerings to the College and is a celebration of this philosophy. It reinforces the bonds of scholarship, and extends the sense of community that was created from the time the students first arrived on campus.”

The “nia” principle encourages citizens to commit themselves to the glorious duty of restoring families, neighborhoods, and people to their historical greatness. As a life-long member of the College of Charleston family, through the Nia Rite of Passage Celebration, graduates will be charged to do the same.

For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Student Programs and Services at 843.953.5367.

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