Afrikan American Farewell Celebration

The Afrikan American Farewell Celebration



History of the Afrikan American Farewell Celebration

In 1992, the Afrikan American Farewell Celebration was created to observe the scholastic achievements of African American students, as well as to celebrate their current and future successes.

In the face of the many struggles and obstacles related to college life, those who have participated, have persevered in obtaining their respective educational degrees and accolades.

This annual tradition has grown to include more than 150 graduates, along with 2,000-plus family and friends, and serves as an ongoing staple within the African American community here at The Ohio State University.

Each year, the Farewell Celebration also incorporates the tradition of the African American Heritage Festival. This year, we have used the theme of “Mshikamano,” which is the Swahili word for solidarity. Students, who participate this year, will see the theme strongly embedded throughout the Celebration

Program Details:

The Afrikan American Farewell Celebration is open to all undergraduate, graduate and professional students at The Ohio State University. The program designed to celebrate the transition of college through rituals, traditions and ceremonies of Afrcan and American culture welcomes all students. Registration for the program will open December 21, 2015. 

Past Key Note Speaker:

Archie Griffin, Senior Vice President for Alumni Relations and President/CEO of the Alumni Association.Image

Archie Griffin is Ohio State University’s senior vice president for alumni relations and president/CEO of the Alumni Association. Griffin’s aim is to make it possible for all graduates and former students to stay connected to Ohio State and strengthen the status of the university.

Griffin is the only two-time winner of the Heisman Trophy. A three-time All-American, he is included in the NCAA’s 100 Most Influential Student-Athletes and is a member of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame board of directors. 

Griffin earned his degree from Ohio State in 1976. He was a first-round draft choice of the Cincinnati Bengals, where he served as co-captain and played for seven years. He returned to Ohio State in 1984 and rose to become associate director of athletics before taking over as CEO of the Alumni Association in 2004.

Griffin created the Archie Griffin Scholarship Fund, which benefits Ohio State’s Olympic sports programs. The Archie and Bonita Griffin Foundation Fund helps develop sports, educational, and travel programs for youth in central Ohio. Griffin has three children—Anthony, Andre, and Adam.

A sought-after speaker and humanitarian, Griffin serves on many boards and foundations.




Registration Information: 

Early Bird Registration- Monday, December 21, 2015 until  Monday, February 22, 2016- Cost $30.00 

Regular Registration- Tuesday, February 23, 2016 until Friday, March 25, 2016- Cost $40.00 

Late Registration- Saturday, March 26, 2016 until Friday, April 8, 2016- Cost $60.00 


Cost Associated:

The fee for the program includes:


Actual Price

Our price

Kente stole priced




Lapel pin




Graduate certificate




Diploma cover




Four tickets to the reception held directly after the ceremony




Personalized press release




Commemorative graduate booklet




Total actual cost: $105

Early Registration: $30.00 (70% discount, best value)

Regular Registration: $40.00 (62% discount)

Late Registration: $60.00 (43% discount)

For more information/questions about the Afrikan American Farewell Celebration email us at

Sponsoring Organizations:

The Office of Student Life:

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion:

The Office of Student Life, Sorority and Fraternity Life:

National Pan-Hellenic Council:

The Office of Student Life, Multicultural Center:

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion Hale Center:

Alumni Association: