African-American graduates were dragged / dragged off the stage by a university official during the 2018 graduation ceremony at the University of Florida. You can watch videos and see photos of the behavior below, which causes anger in social media and elsewhere.
The black students danced on stage as the nameless white UF officer pulled them off one by one. Watch:
The president of the university has apologized for the situation. W. Kent Fuchs, the president of the university, made a statement on Twitter saying, "During one of the week-end ceremonies, we were inappropriately aggressive in getting students off the stage, and I personally apologize and turn to them The practice has been stopped for all future ceremonies, and we will work to ensure that all graduates know that we are proud of their accomplishments and celebrate their graduation with them. "
Videos have also been posted on Facebook.
People expressed shock as they observe the behavior on the Jumbotron during the 2018 graduation. One man wrote on Twitter: "Somebody Please Find That Employee's Name!" Every time a black student needed more than two seconds, he nudged her aggressively. "Look at yourself. #ItsGreatUF."
The university wrote on Twitter: "The university is proud of the We regret that any celebration of the day could have been adversely affected by those attending a graduation ceremony. "The name of the man who took students off the stage was not published by the university. News4Jax identified him as a university employee, but did not name the man.
Heavy contacted UF and asked for the employee's name and title. This article will be updated when it is received.
Here's another look at the situation:
Some people demanded that the man be fired for his actions.
"Almost fell when he pushed me," wrote another Twitter user. She also wrote, "This whole situation makes me sad, but nobody seems to give af, the system will stop you, even if it's time to shine." A professor responded to the woman's tweet with the words, "Really, that is just messed up … my favorite part of graduation are people who are so full of joy that they literally dance out of you. "Congratulations on the milestone."
Another student wrote, "They are bodies that strike people when I'm overwhelmed. "
Screenshots of videos of behavior circulating on Twitter. Another student wrote, "Graduating from @UF is the worst experience, pounding my ass to finish with the highest honors, and they could not even find time to say my middle name, which carries the family inheritance Never got a picture of me on stage Never has and never will be about the students. "
Zachariah Chou, a University of Florida student, has posted an archive of photos from the graduation party if you want to go through them.
Others also felt the man resign. "One of the graduation marshals at the University of Florida is filmed as he pushes some black students as they try to cross the stage at graduation ceremonies this weekend, I'm not sure who that employee is, but I intend to To write to the President of the University and demand that the Marshall be immediately freed from his position, "wrote a man on Facebook, after watching the videos.
"The strolling / dancing were them That was an expression of their excitement for the day and that was ruined because of egoism, it was disrespectful and rude that you did not allow them to," another person wrote on Twitter.