University Apologizes for Grad Day Discrimination

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The University of Florida has apologized to black students who were aggressively ushered off the stage during a graduation ceremony Saturday. A staff member was grabbing and pushing students off the stage who did quick celebratory dances as they crossed the stage. It’s been a long standing tradition that black students do a 5 to 10 second version of their sorority or fraternity dance as they get their diploma. 

University president Kent Fuchs tweeted an apology early Sunday and promised to reach out to the 30 or so affected students. "During one of this weekend's commencement ceremonies, we were inappropriately aggressive in rushing students across the stage," he said, adding that the "practice has been halted for all future ceremonies." 

BTW cameras did get footage of white students dancing and they were not escorted off the stage at all. Watch the video and see for yourself. 

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