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Outstanding Black Graduates


What is OBG all about?

The Office of Diversity Programs sponsors the Outstanding Black Graduates Recognition Ceremony each semester. The Outstanding Black Graduates program began on the campus of Western Kentucky University in May of 1998. Since then, this program has grown and flourished into an eagerly anticipated event by the University, families, friends, and in particular, the graduates. It honors African American students who have successfully completed all requirements for graduation and it also seeks to empower students to continue successful ventures while remembering the contributions of Western Kentucky University to their success. It is a gathering of family, friends, and the university family to celebrate the accomplishment of each of the students. The program is filled with music, high spirits, inspiration, and excitement. During the program, each student is presented with a Kente stole, which symbolizes the richness of their heritage and their accomplishments. All graduating Seniors are invited and encouraged to participate.


What CAN I DO to participate?


Message to Graduates Because we have to place orders with companies outside of WKU, it is important that you meet the dealines listed at the top of the page. If you miss a deadline, we cannot guarantee that you will receive a stole or be fully included in the program.


Complete Application for O.B.G. (for application contact Jackie Pillow @ 270-745-5066)


Make Registration Payment & Take Personal Photo.

Registration Fee: Participating students are required to pay a $25 dollar registration fee, and participants in OBG will recieve a Special GIft, a Kente Stole, a Gift for your Parents/Spouse, and a Commemorative Book! Payments must be made at the Office of Diversity Programs, which is located on the 4th floor of Potter Hall, room 425.

Personal Photo: This is a head shot photo that will be taken at The Office of Diversity Programs when you turn in your Registration Fee. The picture will be taken in Cap & Gown (which will be provided at the office). This picture will be featured with the participants statement in the commemorative book.


Submit Personal Statement for the Commemorative Book!

Personal Statement: This is your time to express your thanks & appreciation to family & friends.

400 words or less. If your statement is over 400 words the O.D.P. staff will edit it to accommodate our printing needs.


Email your statement to:



Please call: 270.745.5066

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 Last Modified 9/25/14