To participate in the ceremony and receive a Kente or Serape stole, LSUA students must register online.
The student must have successfully applied and received approval to graduate.
Registration for the Fall 2023 Rites of Passage Ceremony
is now open and will close December 3, 2023
Fall 2023 Rites of Passage Ceremony
Immediately followed by a reception for graduates and guests. Vegetarian option available.
Dr. Cheronda Cooper is an educator leader at Rapides Parish School Board with thirty years of experience teaching and developing youth. Specializing in high impact practices and performance assessment, Cheronda uses that experience to elevate learning outcomes and teaching effectiveness. By focusing on strategies that yield better academic achievement, Cheronda has been able to put the Doctorate in Educational Leadership that she earned from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to good use. Over the years, her leadership acumen has garnered recognition from the Research Association of Minority Professors, Milken Family Foundation, and the Russia Teacher Exchange Program. Cheronda spends her days at Carter C. Raymond Junior High School as Assistant Principal, but it is observing students reaching their learning goals that keeps her motivated.
When Dr. Cooper is not instructing, she loves spending time with her family, volunteering at her church, and serving on the Rapides Federal Credit Union Board of Trustees .
The Kente ceremonial cloth, originating in Ghana, is rich with symbolism. The collection of patterns visually represent several African principles. Through the donning of the Kente, we acknowledge the significance of contributions from ancestral sacrifices to the encouragement and support from each student’s “village” (family, friends, and loved ones) as they pursue their goals.
There are opportunities for the LSUA community and community leaders to participate in Rites of Passage Ceremonies. We call these volunteers Imani which means belief and faith. Imani enhances the ceremony through speaking, music, and performances for the graduates.