The Seniors of Color Leadership Awards

Each year during commencement weekend, the Center for IDEAS honors the graduating students of color and holds the Seniors of Color Leadership Awards ceremony; there are 5 prestigious award categories based on involvement, academic excellence, and service.


Students may be considered for ONE or ALL 5 categories, pending completing the written portion based on the category(ies) that best reflect your engagement at IC and beyond. Each award recipient will receive a Kente stole that corresponds to the respective award and have your name recognized at the Seniors of Color Leadership Awards ceremony on May 20, 2023 at 4pm in Ford Hall (Whalen).  To learn more about this tradition please feel free to visit our  website.    

This form will close on March 13th at 11:55PM ET.   

To nominate a student please log into Engage and search forms with “2023 Seniors of Color Leadership Awards Nomination” or use this link.  

To access this application please log in to Engage and search forms with "2023 Seniors of Color Leadership Awards Application" OR use this link.

All stoles:  Each kente cloth graduation stole features the same two designs: a woven symbol and stripes, binding our community in purpose and tradition.   

  • Nea Onnim No Sua A Ohu: A symbolizing "lifelong learning and knowledge".  We celebrate the incredible journeys of our IC graduates and rejoice in knowing this is not the end.  The skills they've developed, the memories they've created, and the connections they've built are a launching point.

  • Green, Yellow, and Red Stripes: These stripes remind us that kente is a tradition we draw upon from Ghana, as Ghana's flag is also red, yellow, and green.  Kente cloth is the weaving of royalty and is worn for important and sacred ceremonies such as weddings, funerals, and worship.  Learn more about this history here. 
  • In addition to the stoles, each attendant is given the opportunity to receive a cord to provide a visual reminder that in solidarity, "We see you, we value, we applaud you, and we honor your excellence as Seniors of Color at Ithaca College"