ltanwa Orinwa (Our Story, Our Song) is a graduation ceremony dedicated to celebrating the achievements of Syracuse University graduates of color. ltanwa Orinwa was founded in 2002 at Syracuse University by a group of distinguished Black students.
The mission is to create an annual observance honoring all degree candidates who identify as being part of the African Diaspora. This includes, but is not exclusive to: African American, African, Caribbean, and Latin American students. The purpose of this celebration is to acknowledge the historical plight of our people’s pursuit to and through higher education systems and to provide a historical voice and story that can be a legacy for generations to come.