7th Annual SANKOFA Ceremony
May 16, 2013
Washington Metropolitan A.M.E Zion Church
613 N. Garrison, St. Louis 63103
Interested in participating in the 2013 Ceremony?
Download, print and return these forms completed to the African American Studies office in McGannon Hall, Suite 113.
For SANKOFA information and forms, click here: SANKOFA Forms 2013
What is Sankofa?
In 2007 two Saint Louis University students, Osato Iyamu and Rachel Tennial, initiated the idea for Sankofa. These students desired for SLU to have a ceremony that celebrated and acknowledged African American graduates, similar to those held by other prestigious universities.
It is important to note that Sankofa is not intended to be an exclusive event, but rather a community celebration of accomplishments in the collectivist tradition of many African cultures. These values and traditions are honored by the seven guiding principles of Kwanzaa.
Pictures of previous Sankofa ceremonies
Above: Osato (left) and Rachel (right). Co-founders of Sankofa.
|Manoj Patankar, Ph.D, Vice President, presented a plaque commemorating Il Monastero's history to Pamela Terry, president of Black Alumni Association, and Charles Turner, president of Black Student Alliance.|
|Jimmie Edwards, J.D., a circuit judge in Missouri and a two-time SLU graduate, addressed an overflow crowd.|
|Jasmine Scott accompanied graduates by violin with "Pomp and Circumstance."|
|(left) Professional Studies students Carmen Summers and Montez Alford before the ceremony.
(right) The master and mistress of ceremony Charles Turner and Tiara Byrd.