Senior Mwambo

The Senior Mwambo is an African rite of passage ceremony that marks the transition of black graduates from their lives at the University of Miami to advanced education and professional careers.

This ceremony was established in 1992 through the vision and love of a very dynamic and caring international student from Malawi, East Africa; Mr. Patrick A. Masala.

The term "Mwambo" literally means ceremonial rite of passage. It is Chichewa and comes to us from Malawi, East Africa where it was founded. The Senior Mwambo is an African rite of passage ceremony designed to recognize the accomplishments of our black graduates and their families. It is a celebration of the transition from one stage of life to the next.

Undergraduate and graduate students who have applied for graduation are encouraged to participate in the Senior Mwambo Ceremony. Invitations are sent out in early March to graduates and their parents so they can make appropriate arrangements to attend the event. Faculty, staff and members of the University community are encouraged to attend as well.

Students are asked to RSVP in order to participate in the ceremony and receive a Kente Stole.

This year's ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 4:00pm in Gusman Hall.

  1. Graduates must wear their cap and gown to participate in the ceremony.
  2. Graduates are asked to arrive at Gusman Hall at 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 11th to register and receive instructions about the procession.
  3. When you arrive at Gusman Hall, please check-in at the registration table where you will receive further instructions regarding the line-up and procession.
  4. The procession will begin promptly at 3:50 p.m. and the ceremony will end no later than 5:30 p.m.

Please remember to invite your family and friends to join us for this momentous occasion in your life. If you have any questions regarding the Senior Mwambo Ceremony and Awards Presentation, please contact the Department of Multicultural Student Affairs at (305) 284-2855.

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