Alverno College Archives

Bestowing of the Kente ceremony celebrates Black student graduates

December 16, 2021

Alverno College’s annual Bestowing of the Kente is one of the oldest ceremonies of its kind in Wisconsin. The rite of passage recognizes Black students who are graduating seniors, earning a master’s degree, or completing a certification program. Each honoree is presented with a Kente cloth – a hand-woven ceremonial stole featuring bright colors that… [Read More]

Alverno College holds commencement ceremony, honors wife of the late Hank Aaron

May 20, 2021

On Monday, May 17, 2021, Alverno College hosted its commencement ceremony at American Family Field. This is the first live commencement since 2019 as last year’s was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s ceremony featured the bestowing of a Doctor of Letters degree from Alverno College on Billye Aaron (top photo, center) —… [Read More]

Alverno College’s ‘Bestowing of the Kente’ celebrates 25 years

December 13, 2019

On Sunday, December 8, 2019, Alverno College celebrated the 25th anniversary of their “Bestowing of the Kente,” at the Alverno College Bucyrus Conference Center. The Bestowing of the Kente is a rite of passage recognizing African American students who are graduating seniors, earning a master’s degree, or completing a certification program. Each honoree is presented… [Read More]

Meet Ascension St. Joseph’s Hospital Registered Nurse Twyla James

June 13, 2019

By Twyla James My name is Twyla James, MSN, RN, CNS and I have been working at Ascension St. Joseph’s Hospital for 32 years. My career allows me to provide for my family, while also giving back and treating people who may not return to the comfort of their own home. Attending Alverno College of… [Read More]

Alverno College, Ascension Wisconsin announce letter of intent for strategic alliance

June 6, 2019

Institutions seek to develop mission-driven workforce, deliver personalized care to all Alverno College and Ascension Wisconsin have signed a letter of intent to establish a strategic alliance to improve the health of the state’s residents, Alverno President Dr. Andrea Lee and Bernie Sherry, Ministry Market Executive for Ascension Wisconsin, announced Tuesday, May 28, 2019. This… [Read More]

‘Bestowing of the Kente’ ceremony honors African American graduates

May 23, 2019

As part of a tradition that goes back nearly 25 years, Alverno College held its Bestowing of the Kente ceremony on Sunday, May 12, 2019. The Bestowing of the Kente is a rite of passage recognizing African American students who are graduating seniors, earning a master’s degree, or completing a certification program. Each honoree chooses… [Read More]

Alverno hosts panel on the impact of poverty on civil liberties

November 22, 2018

On Thursday, November 8, 2018, Alverno College held a panel discussion which explored the impact of poverty on civil liberties from the perspective of those who have been incarcerated, victims of domestic violence or in need of health care. From left to right are Dr. Nat Godley, panel moderator and a member of the history… [Read More]

Alverno Bestowing of the Kente Graduation Ceremony

May 23, 2018

Eleven African American women participated in the 42nd Bestowing of the Kente Award at Alverno College on May 13, 2018. The Bestowing of the Kente and Latinas con Fuerza ceremonies are culturally grounded Rites of Passage in which Alverno honors its African and Latina graduates’ heritage. Kente is a Fante-West African word meaning basket. The… [Read More]