My Brother’s Keeper Graduating Seniors Receive Special Stoles for Graduation Ceremonies
Graduating Fort Worth ISD seniors who participate in the “My Brother’s Keeper” (MBK) program received distinctive MBK graduation stoles at the “2018 MBK Graduation Stole Draping Ceremony” and reception at TCU on May 29.
More than 60 eligible seniors who attended at least 50 percent of their MBK campus chapter meetings received the stole. The young men will wear their special stoles at graduation ceremonies throughout Fort Worth ISD this week to symbolize cultural pride and personal academic accomplishments.
Students who identify as African American received a stole of Kente material, which origins date back 300 years to the African nation of Ghana. Students identifying as Latino received Serape stoles, which are generally colorful wool shawls or blankets worn by men of Latin descent.
Superintendent Kent Scribner and Chief of Equity & Excellence Sherry Breed spoke to the soon-to-be graduates and participated in the ceremony, where these special stoles were draped over the students’ shoulders to signify their completion of the MBK program.
Mr. Larry Kemp, co-chief executive officer of Fort Worth-based commercial cleaning business, Kemp and Sons General Services and a major supporter of MBK, was keynote speaker. He encouraged MBK members to use their talents, give back to the community and not let circumstances limit them.
This is the first time MBK hosted a draping ceremony, but they plan to make it an annual event. Approximately 100 parents and guests attended the ceremony.
“It’s just a celebration of all the work they’ve done through my Brother’s Keeper,” said Ms. Breed. “They have really built a brotherhood.
MBK provides opportunities for young men of color to learn about college preparation, career choices, community involvement, cultural consciousness, personal growth, and leadership development. In addition to attending weekly campus chapter meetings, MBK members visit area college campuses and are introduced to community leaders and positive role models. These experiences, and the brotherhood of the chapter, encourage both personal and academic success.
“My Brother’s Keeper,” with its goal of helping young men of color achieve academic and career success, is directly aligned to the District’s mission of preparing all students for success in college, career, and community leadership.
View more images from the ceremony here.