This culminating event is sponsored by the colleges within the Los Rios Community College District (American River College, Cosumnes River College, Folsom Lake College and Sacramento City College) and recognizes students of African descent who are receiving associate degrees, certificates or transferring to four-year universities.
The first Celebration of Excellence & Achievement for Students of African Descent was held in May of 2006. The ceremony has been designed as a cultural and community celebration and includes elements of both African and African American culture. African dancers and drummers, gospel music, and student speakers are just a few of the things that participants are treated to. Each student participant is also presented with a Kente cloth. The event concludes with a reception immediately following the ceremony.