UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA MINORITY GRADUATES JUST WANTED TO CELEBRATE… BUT LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED…
As students were called up to receive their diplomas, some decided to perform a quick celebratory dance. But a faculty member didn’t find the performances to his liking, and forcibly rushed the graduates off the stage.
Several people took to social media to post videos of the incidents, saying the man’s actions were unfair and unnecessary.
“This is absolutely disgusting, these students have paid more (than) $40,000 in tuition and if they want to dance for 4 secs then it’s their prerogative,” Mackintosh Joachin, a student at the university, shared on Facebook.
The videos quickly sparked outrage, with some who watched them accusing the university of racism.
UF tweeted later Saturday: “The University is proud of the achievements of every single one of our graduates and regrets that any celebration of the day may have been diminished by those monitoring a graduation ceremony.”
On Sunday morning, school President Kent Fuchs, who was at the ceremony, tweeted an apology.
“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,” said Fuchs.
“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.”