An usher working at the University Florida’s graduation ceremony was caught manhandling black grads as they walked up on stage to receive their degrees.
The school has since issued an apology in response to the very apparent mistreatment its graduating students. “During one 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,” wrote University Florida’s president W. Kent Fuchs on Twitter.
“The practice has been halted for all future ceremonies, and we will work to make sure all graduating students know we are proud their achievements and celebrate with them their graduation,” Fuchs continued to note.
Online videos reveal an unidentified white usher actively forcing black students f the stage as they took a few seconds to celebrate their achievements by dancing for the hoards attendees or performing other triumphal gestures.
Oliver Telusma was one the graduates who has since opened up about his experience being mistreated. “I had just started … and he picked me up and turned me around, which I thought was kind embarrassing and degrading to be handled in that manner,” he admits.