BARAGA, Mich. (WLUC) - The Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College had their graduation ceremony Saturday, May 6th.
The 2017 graduating class was the largest graduating class they've had in recent years. Ten graduated with an associate’s degree with another 16 getting a criminal justice certificate, a new program at the college. The commencement ceremony drew some influence from Native American traditions as well.
“We do have our Native traditional drum that will do our singing for us and we have an invocation by one of our elders and spiritual leaders,” said Robin Chosa, KBOCC Board of Regents Chairman. “We try to follow a little bit more tradition, but it's still a basic graduation. We just swap out some elements and put our own tribal identity on it.”
After the ceremony, a traditional feast was served to the graduates along with their family and friends.