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University hosted special graduation celebration for ‘Students of Color’ and other ‘diverse’ identities

Amanda Mayer, Campus Reform

  • The school is one of many to offer separate or supplemental graduation celebrations offered on the basis of identity.
  • The University of New Hampshire’s Beauregard Center For Equity, Freedom and Justice held a graduation celebration for minority groups based on ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation.

The University of New Hampshire hosted a separate supplemental graduation celebration specifically for certain racial groups and religions, as well as “LGBTQIA+” individuals.

According to the University of New Hampshire’s Beauregard Center For Equity, Freedom and Justice website, the school hosted a celebration “honoring Students of Color, LGBTQIA+ Students, Students of Diverse Religious Faiths/Cultures/Spiritualities, Students with Disabilities, and Aspiring Ally Students who will be graduating from UNH in May 2021.”

The Beauregard Center uses the “lens of intersectionality” to create “a more inclusive, equitable, and socially just campus through education, advising, advocacy and community building.” The initiative works closely with “underrepresented and ally students to empower their development and growth in order to thrive socially and academically.”

In the graduation registration form, students were invited to offer their pronouns of choice.

Other universities across the United States hosted similar events.

In addition to its main graduation ceremony, Columbia University hosted virtual commencement programs segregated by race, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

The virtual celebrations include the “Native Graduation Celebration,” “Lavender Graduation Celebration” for LGBTQ students, “Asian Graduation Celebration,” “First-generation and Low-Income student Graduation Celebration,” “Latinx Graduation Celebration,” and “Black Graduation Celebration.”

The University of New Hampshire did not respond to Campus Reform’s request for comment.

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