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I wouldn’t participate in a blacks-only commencement. No grad should.

May 13, 2019 by

‘College seniors, regardless of race, should walk the stage together on graduation day’

Two years ago, Harvard University held its first blacks-only graduation ceremony. The event attracted some adverse publicity, but not enough to persuade Harvard to bury the idea. In a few weeks, Harvard will hold its third such segregated commencement.

Harvard is not alone in offering black students their own separate ceremony. At the National Association of Scholars, we surveyed 173 colleges and universities across the country and found that 71 percent—125 of them—have some version of an ethnically separate graduation.

In fact, Harvard also has a separate “Latinx” graduation. Brown has its “Blackalaureate.” Columbia has both “Black Graduation” and “Raza Graduation.” These ceremonies are held in addition to the mainstream, campuswide commencements and attendance is voluntary, but they’re so popular nowadays most students take them for granted.

Dion J. Pierre is a research associate at the National Association of Scholars.

Source: I wouldn’t participate in a blacks-only commencement. No grad should. | The College Fix

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