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Nia Rite of Passage Celebration
Start Date: 5/8/2014Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Date: 5/8/2014End Time: 9:00 PM

Event Description:
The Office of Multicultural Student Programs and Services will honor the accomplishments of graduating seniors at the 4th Annual Nia Rite of Passage Celebration. The ceremony will be held Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Theodore S. Stern Student 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.” The program honored not only the graduates, 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.”
“We wanted 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 beyond. This program is a celebration of this philosophy, and 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.
Location Information:
Main Campus - Stern Student Center

Main Campus - Stern Student Center
Room: Ballroom
Contact Information:
Name: Ernest Brevard Jr
Phone: 843.953.5367
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