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Penn State Encourages Students to “Celebrate Their Identities Separately With ‘Affinity Graduations'”

Penn State Encourages Students to “Celebrate Their Identities Separately With ‘Affinity Graduations'”

“special graduation ceremonies for students based on race, sexual orientation, and gender identity”

We used to strive for the exact opposite of this. The left is reversing civil rights.

Campus Reform reports:

Penn State tells students to celebrate their identities separately with ‘Affinity Graduations’

Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) is hosting special graduation ceremonies for students based on race, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Penn State’s “Affinity Graduations” are scheduled for Apr. and May 2023 and call on graduates to celebrate their identities, according to a description from the university’s office of Student Affairs.

The segregated graduations include the Lavender ceremony, intended “to honor and acknowledge lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and ally graduating students.”

Latinx, black, American Indian, and Asian/Pacific Islander/Desi graduates can also participate in their own ceremonies.

Dozens of identity-based graduation ceremonies hosted in 2022 similarly focused on racial groups but also included students with disabilities and undocumented students. That same year, universities hosted segregated freshman orientation activities, including those that the University of California at San Diego advertised and later retracted following a legal demand letter.

Conservative commentator Matt Walsh called segregated events “[r]idiculous” when he tweeted about Grand Valley State University’s Apr. 2023 commencement ceremonies. He writes that they “singl[e] out Asian, black, LGBT, Hispanic, and Native American graduates.”

For DeAndre Malcolm, former president of Penn State’s Black Caucus, the Black Graduation “is important because it emphasizes the significance of Black accomplishments in insufficient conditions,” according to a 2022 article on the Student Affairs website.

The Latinx Graduation, hosted by the university’s Latino Caucus, will provide free food and regalia. The registration form for the ceremony asks participants which nationality or nationalities they want highlighted.


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Idonttweet | May 1, 2023 at 1:16 pm

So, Penn. State is going to encourage segregated graduations, too, eh? Have the complaints to the Dept. of Ed. Civil Rights Division started yet?

So this is what they call higher education. Anybody ever hear of the United States????? or united we stand divided we fall. File this under stupidity gone to SEED!!!!!!

henrybowman | May 1, 2023 at 4:01 pm

A “white graduation” under these conditions would be 100% justifiable. Of course, most of the white students would be too cowed to attend it.

Photoman42 | May 2, 2023 at 8:31 am

Seems like colleges and universities holding affinity graduations are failing their students. They should hold one graduation ceremony to condition students to assimilate themselves into a diverse environment such as they will experience when they get a job.

Suburban Farm Guy | May 3, 2023 at 7:55 am

So…. they agree with Stephen Douglas and John C Calhoun (etc) that blacks are incapable of the same education as whites and that whites and coloreds shouldn’t mix. Good to know.

Job interview question: What was your graduation like?

If response is, “Me and the other X type of students had our own ‘special’ ceremony.”

File application appropriately.