Many Universities Host Special Commencement Celebrations for Black Grads Only

Many universities across the nation this month and next will host graduation ceremonies dedicated to their black student populations.

The voluntary celebrations are held in addition to regular, mainstream commencements put on for all students. {snip}

Some of the universities hosting these ceremonies include Stanford, Harvard, Columbia, UT Austin, MSU of Denver, University of Washington, UC San Diego, Cal State Northridge, CU Boulder, Whittier College, UC Riverside, Cal State LA, and San Francisco State University, among many others.

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“The Black Graduation Ceremony is a pre-commencement celebration to honor African and African American students who through unyielding determination have successfully completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from the University of Washington,” explains the UW website.

San Francisco State’s website notes that the “mission of the Black African Baccalaureate, Masters, and Doctorate Ceremony is an Afrocentric celebration of the scholarly achievements of Black, African and African American students.”

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Often, Kente cloth stoles are handed to the black grads during these special ceremonies. The stoles symbolize “very special occasions within African Culture. Graduates are encouraged to [wear] their Kente stoles during the college’s graduation ceremony,” MSU Denver’s website states.

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Other special identity groups that are often given extra-special graduation ceremonies include so-called lavender ceremonies for LGBTQ grads and Latinx ceremonies for Latino grads. Also on the list: Native Americans and undocumented students. {snip}

The celebrations are hosted under the guise of honoring diversity.

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“…Participants say the ceremonies are a way of celebrating their shared experience as a group, and not a rejection of official college graduations, which they also attend. Depending on one’s point of view, the ceremonies may also be reinforcing an image of the 21st-century campus as an incubator for identity politics.”

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AMN Gear Review: The Maxpedition Falcon Backpack

Many of us become endeared to the “Day Pack” or “3-Day Bag” we are issued in the military. It can be used for everything from a short trip to the range, to living out of it on a mission for weeks at at time. However, once you turn in the backpack to your supply section, it is difficult to find a replacement that lives up to standard.

I wanted something rugged, but did not scream “I’m an American Veteran” for my travels domestically and abroad. Things with digital camouflage patterns were out of the question. I bought the Maxpedition Falcon ii Backpack, and it has been one of the best purchases of my adult life.

I have carried this pack through 14 different countries over the last four years, most recently while backpacking Russia.

Here are the top three reasons I recommend it:

Packs in Russia. (Dan Sharp/American Military News)

Size

The Falcon Backpack is small enough to fit as a carry-on item for flight, but has generous pockets for your belongings. The longest I lived out of it was for 21 days while backpacking across Europe – I was able to pack four changes of clothes, and occasionally stopped to do laundry.

It boasts a volume of 1,400 cubic inches, or 23 Liters, and weighs in at about 3 pounds. The Falcon ii came with a 100-ounce water bladder that fits in a sleek, designated pouch.

Packing through London. (Dan Sharp/American Military News)

Durability

Out of all my travels with this pack, I have never had any issues with the zippers or clips. I have only had two stitches pop on the carry handle, and that was when I mistakenly was pinched by a very unforgiving metro car door in Moscow. My companion pulled my full weight by the top handle in order to save me from bodily harm. The majority of the strap’s stitching remained in-tact, and was easily repaired even after supporting my weight of 270 pounds.

Packing through Cuba. (Dan Sharp/American Military News)

Functionality

The straps and buckles on the outside of the pack allow you to attach larger items like a sleeping system or fold-up stool. During hikes, I will often attach a collapsible tripod for my camera; the built-in MOLLE weaving allows you to fasten additional pouches. I also attach a First Aid kit for easy access during outdoor activities.

I can streamline it or bulk it up, depending on what the situation calls for, all this and more without drawing too much attention to myself.

Observing similar styled bags overseas, I looked like just another European hiker; it may be a small observation, but an important one to those of us who want to maintain a low profile. This is in contrast to some other service members I have spotted overseas, thanks to their obviously “tactical” bags.

Founded in 2003, Maxpedition has a reputation in line with its mission statement: “To build high-quality gear based on in-house designs. To provide customers with world-class service and support. To be an ethically and socially responsible global company”

I have taken this bag all over the world, and it has exceeded my expectations.

Maxpedition makes a variety of other packs of different sizes and configurations.

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