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Anger Over How Black Students Were Treated at Graduation

Anger Over How Black Students Were Treated at Graduation

But, unfortunately, an unidentified UF college graduation marshal didn't even let some students rejoice that special, once in a lifetime, moment. The actions were met with boos from the crowd. "That's not at all what commencement is about - it's about celebration".

The incident forced the University of Florida president to issue an apology for the "inappropriately aggressive" behavior.

One student recounted the experience to the Gainesville Sun. He also tweeted that he was "reaching out to the students involved" to apologize.

Another grad, 22-year-old Christopher Garcia-Wilde, who earned a bachelor's in microbiology, told the news outlet that it's a "cultural tradition in historically black fraternities and sororities" to "celebrate by strolling" at graduation.

He said he chose not to follow the tradition because he saw other students being shoved.

"I hope those of you who are graduating take with you the vision that created Florida Polytechnic University and now contribute to creating the workforce of the future". "They both were pushed and one of them got an entire bear hug", he added.

Attah said the usher's choice to grab them "was not arbitrary".

Oliver Telusma spoke to local media saying he was one of those who was manhandled while celebrating with his diploma on stage. Others speculate it was racially motivated.

The university's president has apologized for the situation.

University representatives have ensured the institute is looking into the incident but the damage, judging by the ensuing outrage, has been done.

The University of Florida admitted Sunday that its graduation ceremony usher was "inappropriately aggressive" in yanking away graduates who strolled or danced across the stage during the university's spring commencement ceremony Saturday.

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