UNC Asheville will honor its graduating
students of color at the Biannual Donning of the Stoles Ceremony at
3 p.m. Friday, May 11, in UNC Asheville’s Ramsey Library Glasshouse.
Dee Dixon, award-winning publisher and Asheville native, will
address the graduates. The event is free and open to the public.
The Donning of the Stoles Ceremony will honor
more than 25 graduating seniors. The graduates will receive special
stoles recognizing their cultural and racial heritage, which they
will wear during the University’s Commencement Ceremony on Saturday,
During the ceremony, Asheville Mayor Terry
Bellamy will present Dixon with a key to the city.
Dixon, an African-American entrepreneur,
created Pride Magazine in 2002. It has since become Charlotte’s
leading African-American publication. She helps organize and run
Charlotte’s Pride Sunset Jazz Series and Pride Awards Gala, which
promotes diversity, cultural awareness and financial support for
community organizations. Dixon was named Charlotte’s Businesswoman
of the Year in 2006 and a 2005 “Women Who Lead” honoree. She
recently developed “What Women of Color Want,” a series of events on
career, business and market-driven issues relevant to minority
women, and the Women’s Inter-Cultural Exchange, which helps build
trust and relationships among women.
For more information, call Deirdre Wiggins,
assistant director of UNC Asheville's Office of Multicultural
Organizations and Events, at 828/232-5110.