The Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Hope College is hosting the Multicultural Student Organization Stole Ceremony on Wednesday, April 27, at 8:30 p.m.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

Weather permitting, the event will be held outside at the Keppel House, where the MSOs and the college’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion are based. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be the Great Room of the Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center. Masks will be required only if the ceremony is held indoors.

The MSO Stole Ceremony celebrates the graduating seniors of the Multicultural Student Organizations: Asian Student Union, Black Student Union, Hope Advocates for Invisible Conditions, Latino Student Organization, Pan African Student Association and Prism.  Seniors graduating any time in 2022 will be honored as members of the organizations.

Stoles are worn over a graduation gown and show the groups in which the graduates were involved while attending Hope. They provide a reminder that education has not been limited to classroom learning, but has been a holistic experience including acts of service in various ministries and committees; cultural and leadership development; and opportunities in art, theatre, dance, athletics and study-abroad programs. The stoles being awarded during the ceremony were designed by each individual MSO.  

The Keppel House is located at 129 E. 10th St., between College and Columbia avenues. The Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center is located at 115 E. 12th St., at the center of the Hope campus between College and Columbia avenues along the former 12th Street.