Disturbing videos have the recent graduation ceremony at the University of Florida have prompted the prompted the school’s president to issue an apology.
So my brother @olivertelusma tried to stroll on stage in celebration of getting his degree, and got almost THROWN off the stage by a Florida employee…imagine your school ruining your moment like this without prior warning https://t.co/qqjkUGA2Eg
— Son of Yasiin. (@Reggie_Jay) May 6, 2018
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— Chris (@ChicoFreedom) May 5, 2018
UNIVERSITY APOLOGIZES: The president of the University of Florida is apologizing after complaints that an usher aggressively handled students, mainly African-American, during a graduation ceremony who were celebrating on stage. pic.twitter.com/h1FSOlGzMa
— ABC World News Now (@abcWNN) May 7, 2018
Videos circulating on social media show can usher aggressively grabbing celebrating students and roughly dragging them off of stage. The students shown the videos were black. One of the students told ABC News, “It was definitely contingent on your race … other white students who were dancing were not perceived as a threat.”
UF President W. Kent Fuchs tweeted, “During one of this weekend’s commencement ceremonies, we were inappropriately aggressive in rushing students across the stage. I personally apologize, and am reaching out to the students involved … The practice has been halted for all future ceremonies, and we will work to make sure all graduating students know we are proud of their achievements and celebrate with them their graduation.”