Across the nation, graduating students are currently partaking in their school’s commencement ceremonies (either virtually or with social distancing measures in place). As graduates continue receiving their diplomas through the end of the month, Urban Native Era, an indigenous streetwear brand, wanted to use its platform to highlight the many native students who are also earning their degrees. To do so, the label just released a new T-shirt drop in their honor.
Urban Native Era’s new tee, which retails for $15, bears the logo “Indigenous Class of 2020.” It was designed by the brand as a way for indigenous youth to proudly display their end-of-year achievements. “I’m really glad that we’re able to recognize their accomplishments,” says its founder Joey Montoya. “It’s been great to see them rocking it.” The first shipment of tees went out last week, and many indigenous graduates have been sporting them and posting them on their Instagram page or on the Virtual Indigenous Commencement Facebook page, which serves as an online meeting place where indigenous students can share photos and celebrate one another.