Harvard 'UndocuGraduation' for illegal immigrants features previously arrested prof

  • A Harvard University student group hosted a special graduation ceremony for illegal immigrant graduates.
  • Dubbed "UndocuGraduation," the ceremony hosted as one of its speakers the Harvard professor who was arrested in 2016.

A student-run group at Harvard University hosted a special graduation ceremony for illegal immigrants Wednesday, an event dubbed “UndocuGraduation.”

The special ceremony for those in the country illegally came amid President Donald Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration. According to the Harvard Crimson, the student-run group Act on a Dream hosted the event for illegals.

“The event was organized to highlight the struggles and the ways in which undocumented students persevere on this campus."   

According to the group's website, it has four pillars, which include advocacy for the abolishment of ICE

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“The event was organized to highlight the struggles and the ways in which undocumented students persevere on this campus,” Emily Romero, Act on a Dream co-director and a Harvard Crimson editorial editor, told the campus newspaper following the event. “This campus can be very difficult to navigate, yet there are so many people who came out at the end of this tunnel as better individuals than how they entered it.”

Among the speakers at the "UndocuGraduation" was Harvard history professor Kirsten Weld, who, as Campus Reform reported in 2016, was one of more than 30 professors who were arrested while protesting Trump's decision to rescind the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which granted temporary legal status to those who first came to the U.S. as children, with their parents. 

The "UndocuGraduation" event comes as many colleges now offer separate graduation ceremonies for, among other minorities, African American students and LGBT students. These separate ceremonies were, in part, the topic of rigorous research conducted by the National Association of Scholars. 

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The group released its research findings recently in a report, titled, "Separate but Equal, Again: Neo-Segregation in American Higher Education." The first report, released in May, focused specifically on Yale University but called attention to 173 other universities, including Harvard.

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