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UC's Tyehimba celebrates 'victory lap' for graduates

The University of Cincinnati celebrated Tyehimba at Fifth Third Arena on Saturday as part of its annual spring commencement celebration.

Tyehimba is UC’s annual Afrocentric graduation celebration to acknowledge the achievements of students and express gratitude to the student’s families and UC faculty and staff. The word “Tyehimba” means “we stand as a nation” in Swahili. It’s celebrated at UC and other universities as part of commencement. The event was sponsored by UC’s African American Cultural & Resource Center with the theme this year of “victory lap.”

Tyehimba features African music and singing, dancing, speeches and a presentation of the graduates. The event opened with a universal prayer by Bleuzette Marshall, vice president of Equity, Inclusion and Community Impact at UC.

Longtime UC mentor Eric Abercrumbie, who is retiring this year, participated in the festivities. The Tyehimba Ensemble provided the music.  

This year’s ceremony recognized UC undergraduate student Mical Daniel in the Carl H. Lindner College of Business and graduate student Leland Brown III, a master’s student in UC’s College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services.

A student laughs and waves on stage.

UC graduates celebrate during Tyehimba. This year's theme was "victory lap." Photo/Joseph Fuqua II/UC Creative Services

Students dance on stage in costume.

Performers dance on stage at Fifth Third Arena during Tyehimba. Photo/Joseph Fuqua II/UC Creative Services

Three participants in traditional African dress stand on stage.

Bleuzette Marshall, far left, vice president of Equity, Inclusion and Community Impact at UC, leads a universal prayer during Tyehimba at Fifth Third Arena. Photo/Joseph Fuqua II/UC Creative Services

A crowd shot shows Neville Pinto and faculty in their commencement regalia.

UC President Neville Pinto and other UC dignitaries attend Tyehimba at Fifth Third Arena. Photo/Joseph Fuqua II/UC Creative Services

Eric Abercrumbie stands on stage next to someone holding a large ceremonial figure.

Eric Abercrumbie, left, executive director of diversity and community relations in UC's Division of Student Affairs, stands next to a performer holding a carved African figure during Tyehimba at Fifth Third Arena. Abercrumbie retires this month. Photo/Joseph Fuqua II/UC Creative Services

UC graduates in caps and gowns walk across the stage.

UC graduates are recognized on stage Saturday during Tyehimba at Fifth Third Arena. Photo/Joseph Fuqua II/UC Creative Services

A wide shot of UC graduates in caps and gowns.

UC graduates celebrate Tyehimba at Fifth Third Arena. Photo/Joseph Fuqua II/UC Creative Services