Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

University of Florida apologizes for 'inappropriately' rushing black students off graduation stage

University of Florida apologizes for 'inappropriately' rushing black students off graduation stage

The University of Florida has drawn widespread criticism after allegedly manhandling multiple students - a lot of them African-American - during the annual graduation ceremony.

Students who were at the commencement ceremony say it's hard to accept University of Florida President Kent Fuchs's apology, because he witnessed the mistreatment of students and did nothing to stop it. University of Florida President W. Kent Fuchs said on Twitter on Sunday the usher was "inappropriately aggressive in rushing students across the stage".

Fuchs didn't acknowledge that the school had been "inappropriately aggressive" until after the Saturday ceremony. He also pledged to personally apologize to all of the students involved.

"I want our students to know that we've changed that practice and also want each one of you to know that we celebrate you, your graduation and your accomplishments". She said the response of the white usher who grabbed her and the others and shoved them off stage "was not arbitrary".

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The backlash prompted the school to release an apology to the students.

"Somebody please find out this employee's name", one Twitter user wrote. Watch it for yourself. He decided that the science, technology, engineering and math program was a better fit - even though the school was unaccredited at the time. A professor responded to that man's tweet by writing, "Really, this is just messed up...my favorite part of graduation is people so full of joy it literally dances out of them".

Garcia-Wilde said "strolling" across stage is a commencement tradition for black fraternities and sororities at the University of Florida.

The ceremony, held at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, also featured an address by State University System Chancellor Marshall Criser and student Chris Dowdy, who graduated Friday with a degree in mechanical engineering.

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