Robing Ceremony | LSU African American Cultural Center

Robing Ceremony


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.


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.



Register to participate in the Robing Ceremony by completing the following link:

Register by April 26th to participate in the esteemed ceremony. 

Complete your electronic payment for your kente cloth here:

$25.00 Kente Cloth fee.  

Deadline for Kente Cloth payment is April 26th.


Event Information

Date: May 9th 2018 at 4:00 PM in the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student Athletes for all Spring, Summer, and Fall 2019 Graduates

For more information please visit the LSU African American Cultural Center at 3 Union Square, Raphael Semmes Rd. or call (225) 578-1627.