UCLA has so many identity-group graduations that a student may attend four or five ceremonies, John Leo writes in City Journal.

A gay student with a Native American father and a Filipino mother could attend the Asian, Filipino, and American Indian ceremonies, plus the mainstream graduation and the Lavender Graduation for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered students.

The women’s studies ceremony would make six.

Discriminations is glad that identity politics promotes “inclusion.”

Imagine how fractured the UCLA community would be if it had only one graduation, for everybody.

UCLA is a huge campus. Students feel a need to belong to something smaller and they’re encouraged to find community with people of the same ethnicity. That’s what my daughter found in her two years at UCLA and it’s one of the reasons she transferred out.

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  1. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Self inflicted Jim Crow. What a time saver.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    At the small midwest school I went to, the Association for African American Students (AAAS) had a seperate event for black students. There were two slight controversies about this my year. The first being a member wanted his future wife (married 2 weeks post graduation) to be included. She was white (ended up being allowed to participate).
    The other was not quite as public. A friend of mine was in the school of music (she and another senior guy were the two minorities in the entire school of music). When she spoke to someone about the ceremony, that person (a student leader in the club) was unsure if they should be included, after all they didn’t hang out with the AAAS students much, only with “those people” in the school of music. Considering that’s where all there classes/rehersals/free time spent was, it shoudn’t be surprising that the music school is where they made their close friends. Apparantly some people didn’t think she was black enough. She shook her head and the two music school people attended anyway.

  3. What’s that sound I hear? Ah yes, the sound of chickens coming home to roost.

    I just wonder how quickly the artifacts of identity politics will collapse as identity fervor dissipates and the costs become clearer? Can’t be quick enough for me.

  4. If smaller, more personal, ceremonies is what they want, why not organize them by major rather than ethnicity?

  5. Walter E. Wallis says:

    The KKK used to say “The Nigra don’t want to mix with us, it’s just those outside agitators.”

  6. Many universities do hold separate ceremonies organized by major, so every student can hear his or her name called and receive a diploma and hand shake from the head of the department. I know Cornell and Stanford do this.

  7. Walter E. Wallis says:

    It can be embarassing, sometimes, when all the lib arts grads are white and all the engineering grads are Asian.

  8. I can understand having clubs for these different groups. But seperate graduations?


  9. michael says:

    Went to the grad ceremony for the school of science at Penn State. Out of approximately 400 graduates, only a dozen or so were black. The rest were an even split between whites and asian/indian/middle eastern students.

  10. Many universities do hold separate ceremonies organized by major,

    Which makes some sense but racial discrimination is inherently corrosive of a democracy since the clear implication is of two classes of citizens. Distinct social classes may be alright for a monarchy or a socialist state but not for a democracy since, as we all know, separate but equal is always separate but never equal.

    If some group of students wants to go have a party and invite only the other transgendered, tone-deaf, Asian males then I say whip out your checkbook and party hearty. But as a function of a state-supported institution these separate graduation ceremonies have no place.

    I’ll go out on a bit of a limb here and predict that university officials and identity group supporters are already having trouble maintaining racial purity. Going to the (insert identity group here) graduation and the big graduation/s is asking a lot. When a choice has to be made the much smaller graduation of “our kind” is going to look pretty parochial.

    To maintain the numbers necessary to demand a separate graduation I’ll guess that there’s some degree of arm-twisting, with more over time.