Mwambo Ceremony Honors Black Graduates

University of Miami Alum and President of Law Firm to Address Students

Coral Gables (May 12, 2010) — The University of Miami Multicultural Student Affairs hosts the 18th annual Senior Mwambo ceremony to honor its young black graduates on Thursday, May 13 at 2 p.m. in the Gusman Concert Hall, (1314 Miller Drive) on the Coral Gables Campus. Daryl Jones, President of EquiVest Law, P.A. and a graduate of UM’s School of Law, will address the students.

"Mwambo," a Chichewa word from Malawi, East Africa, means ceremonial rite of passage. It is a celebration of the transition from one stage of life to the next. The African Rite of Passage ceremony is designed to recognize the accomplishments of the graduates and their families. In addition, graduates, faculty, and staff will be honored for both their academic achievements and contributions to the black student community.

Daryl Jones is President of EquiVest Law, P.A. , a real estate law firm that provides loan modification, foreclosure defense, and financial advice and planning services. He is also President of D. L. Jones & Associates, Inc., an Independent Associate with Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc.

Lt. Jones graduated with honors from the United States Air Force Academy in 1977. He then began serving his country as an F-4 Phantom II fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force. After seven years on active duty, Daryl left the Air Force to attend the University Of Miami School Of Law where he graduated cum laude in 1987. Daryl began his legal career as a federal judicial clerk for Judge Peter Fay in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, and then joined the Dade County Attorney's Office in the Aviation Division. In 1989, Captain Jones joined the Puerto Rico Air National Guard as an A-7D Corsair II fighter pilot and one year later joined the U.S. Air Force Reserve at Homestead AFB, FL as an F-16 fighter pilot.

In 1990 Daryl Jones was elected to the Florida House of Representatives and in 1992 to the Florida Senate where he served until 2002. Senator Jones was the 1998 nominee for Secretary of the Air Force and the 2006 Democratic nominee for Lt. Governor of Florida. A United States Air Force retired colonel, Daryl is also active in numerous Miami civic and community organizations. He is married to the beautiful Myoushi Jones and they have three children.

The Mwambo has four symbolic components, all of which are represented during the ceremony: food to nourish the body and spirit, music to invoke God and the ancestral spirits, water to represent the medium of life, and Kente cloth will be worn over the academic robes at commencement the following day. The celebration will end with African music and a reception for the graduating seniors and their families.

For more information on Senior Mwambo, contact Renée Dickens Callan, Director of Multicultural Student Affairs at 305-284-2855.

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