African-American Harvard graduates are planning to host a “black-only” graduation ceremony later in May.
Approximately 125 students will participate, reports the College Fix. The event is being touted as an occasion to celebrate how black students have succeeded in higher education.
“This is an opportunity to celebrate Harvard’s Black excellence and Black brilliance,” said Michael Huggins, a graduate.
Students have raised over $27,000 to cover the cost of the ceremony. They hope to hold yet another black-only ceremony next year which will include Harvard underclassmen and women as well.
“This is not about segregation. It’s about fellowship and building a community. This is a chance to reaffirm for each other that we enter the work world with a network of supporters standing with us,” Huggins told reporters.
Huggins was not asked how dividing students into separate racial, class and gender groups can possibly help spawn mutual understanding or cooperation.