Afro-American Studies Graduation Program


AAS Graduation Program


Message From the Chair

Dear Graduating Students,

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine addressing our graduating majors, certificate holders and graduate students under these circumstances. I know I speak for the faculty and staff in the Afro-American Studies Department in applauding your achievements, made all the more remarkable in the face of this devastating pandemic crisis. The Afro-American Studies Department has long held that learning about Black experience is far more effective in face-to-face instruction rather than through internet distance learning. And yet you stepped up and made the transition to virtual classes with little advance notice and with perseverance, courage, and grace. And many of you did so under very difficult circumstances. Graduation is a time of celebration and excitement, and we hope you can savor some of that, even in these challenging times. We also hope you will keep in touch with us — we always love to hear from our alumnae. More than ever, you deserve a resounding congratulations! We know that many of you are facing an uncertain future. But in the tradition of the African American elders and ancestors, we are confident that you will “keep on keepin’ on!”

Good luck, be well and stay safe.

Christina Greene, Chair

Afro-American Studies Department