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Rites of Passage Ceremony
Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 03:00pm - 05:00pm
Contact Joshanna Holyfield, Senior Program Coordinator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

The Paul Robeson Cultural Center (PRCC) would like to invite you to participate in our 30th Annual Rites of Passage Ceremony that will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, from 3pm-5pm at the Jersey Mike's Arena. Here's how you can participate and/or support our efforts to reach students:


??‍?Encourage Black and Latinx-identified Students to Participate??‍?:

The Rites of Passage Ceremony is a signature pre-commencement celebration to honor Black and Latinx-identified students who through resolute persistence have successfully completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at Rutgers University – New Brunswick. The event recognizes their accomplishments, hard work and dedication, while simultaneously acknowledging the accomplishments of our students’ families and networks of support. Distinguished speakers, live performances and the incorporation of African culture and traditions – specifically the culminating Kente Stole presentation – all add to the vibrancy of this occasion. 

Students are strongly encouraged to register by our initial deadline, Friday, April 22nd; the late registration deadline is Sunday, May 1st. Registration and Kente cloth stoles are free! Students can register at

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Faculty/Staff Processional & Platform Party:

We invite you to join our faculty/staff platform party and participate in the processional. Our students would be happy to see the faculty and staff that have supported them throughout their academic journey. Your presence would make this experience even more meaningful. Faculty/staff who are interested in joining the Paul Robeson Cultural Center will be seated on stage and are required to wear their academic regalia. To register for the Faculty/Staff 2022 processional please click HERE to complete the registration form. The registration deadline is May 2nd.

Faculty, Staff, and Student Volunteers:

Don’t want to process? Volunteers are needed for the ceremony and reception. The Rites of Passage event is open to over 2,000 Undergraduate and Graduate students on the New Brunswick Campus. Please Register Here to Volunteer. ROP volunteers assist to ensure a smooth and spirited experience for the 2022 graduating class! The Rites of Passage Ceremony at Rutgers has existed for 30 years because of community participants who lend their support and are invested in the planning and execution process.  


To learn more about the ceremony visit,  Please feel free to share all attached flyers with students, your respective networks, and on social media as well as forward this email to your colleagues. If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact Joshanna Holyfield, Senior Program Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you for considering this invitation. We look forward to hopefully having you join us on May 11th!  

Location Jersey Mike's Arena
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