Columbia University will hold not one, not two, but six entirely separate graduation ceremonies, diving students up by characteristics like race, ethnicity and income level to make sure students feel comfortable attending the events.
Which, to put it another way, is a whole lot of words to say “segregation.”
According to Fox News, the university’s website says the New York City school will host one general ceremony – the only one the straight white students are allowed to attend, presumably – along with separate events for Blacks, Asians, Native Americans and Latinos, low income students, and those who identify as LGBTQ.
The New York City school's website details graduation ceremonies for Native, Asian, "Latinx" and Black students taking place for Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, General Studies and Barnard College at the end of April. Another dubbed "FLI Graduation" is for "first generation and/or low income community." The school also hosts a "Lavender" graduation for the "LGBTIAQ+ community."
On their website, the school says the segregated events will provide “a more intimate setting for students and guests to gather, incorporate meaningful cultural traditions and celebrate the specific contributions and achievements of their communities.”
All ceremonies, including the discriminatory race-based and income-determined ones, will be held online due to COVID restrictions.