Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Ethnic Stoles Steal Spotlight before Kansas Graduation

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Ethnic Stoles Steal Spotlight before Kansas Graduation

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WICHITA, Kan. -- A Wichita State University professor raised objections to a group of seniors who plan to wear graduation stoles based on their ethnic backgrounds during commencement.

Professor Dwight Murphey planned on skipping commencement and urged other faculty to boycott the event if the students wore the different colored stoles. He says the students are promoting racial separatism.

"It's more of a protest about the use of racial symbols," says Murphey, a professor of business law in the finance department. "I just want to show my feelings about it and not compromise my integrity."

His objection follows the Students of Color Graduation Recognition and Award Ceremony held May 5, About 30 of the more than 150 students listed in the event's program received one of four different-colored stoles, based on their ethnic heritage. Students were asked to wear the stoles at graduation.

Kevin Harvey, coordinator of programs for multicultural affairs, says students of color are often stereotyped as underachievers in education. He says it's important to recognize graduates as role models.

"Anyone who infers that it's anything other than a way for us to recognize their accomplishments and achievements has misunderstood the intent of the program and the significance of the program," says Harvey, who helped organize the ceremony. …

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