“black, Latinx, queer, Native American, or Asian”
Columbia apparently heard about Harvard’s separate black graduation and tried to outdo them.
Campus Reform reports:
Columbia hosts 6 ‘multicultural graduation ceremonies’
Columbia University will play host to six different graduation ceremonies for students of particular ethnicities and backgrounds this year.
While all graduating seniors will attend the main commencement ceremony, those who identify as black, Latinx, queer, Native American, or Asian will also have the option of attending separate proceedings just for students of the same background, as will students who are the first in their families to earn a college degree.
The ethnicity-specific graduation ceremonies are not new to Columbia, but with the addition of a new ceremony for students whose parents did not attend college, Columbia is hosting a record number of sequestered ceremonies this year.
The commencements are organized through a collaboration between various student groups (such as the Black Students’ Organization) and the Columbia Office of Multicultural Affairs, which seeks to promote diversity, inclusion, and social justice among students.
In line with the OMA’s mission, it also honors some students with special regalia during graduation season, providing students “who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to diversity, social justice, and multiculturalism” with special graduation cords to celebrate their activism while they attend “the various graduation ceremonies.”
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