Virginia Tech held separate cultural graduation achievement ceremonies for ten different groups of graduates. Is it a good idea to separate students into various cultural groups? They, and many other universities, seem to think so. Here is their link:
As you might imagine, Tammy has a different take. Here is her point of view on the impact of identity politics on universities from a recent column:
Via Fox News:
During commencement season, young people across the country enjoy the ceremony marking the completion of their college career, attaining degrees reflecting their interest in ideas, innovation, art, sciences and the myriad of courses offered by American academies.
But the camaraderie inherent and necessary as part of the college experience is under attack by a familiar foe: identity politics. This divisive tool is now creating divisions in the very experience that is meant to expand one’s world and our belonging in it….
On the Virginia Tech situation:
- Aliyah, a celebration of achievement for Jewish undergraduate and graduate students, Wednesday, May 15, 1:30 p.m., in Room 219 in Squires Student Center.
- American Indian & Indigenous, Thursday, May 16, 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the Brush Mountain Room
- Asian American, Thursday, May 16, 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Graduate Life Center Auditorium
- Donning of the Kente, a celebration of achievement for Black and African American undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. candidates, for winter and spring graduates, Thursday, May 16, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Commonwealth Ballroom
- Gesta Latina, a Hispanic-Latino achievement ceremony, Wednesday, May 15, 4-6 p.m. in Haymarket Theatre
- International Student Achievement, Wednesday, May 15, 7-9 p.m. in Commonwealth Ballroom
- Lavender, a celebration of achievement for graduating students of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally community, Wednesday, May 15, 5-7 p.m. in the Graduate Life Center Auditorium
- Muslim, Wednesday, May 15, 3 p.m. in Old Dominion Ballroom
- Students in Recovery, Thursday, May 16, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Hahn Garden Pavilion
- Veterans, Thursday, May 16, 10 a.m.-noon at Holtzman Alumni Center.