Colleges perpetuating a bad combination

Colleges perpetuating a bad combination

Colleges perpetuating a bad combination

An advocate for American citizens and future generations says graduation ceremonies are increasingly divisive these days.

Graduating students at Pasadena City College in California will get to be a part of one of five different identity-based ceremonies over the next few weeks. These include a "Lavender Graduation" for LGBT-identifying students, an "Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Graduation," and an "UndocuGraduation" for illegal immigrants.

According to the school, the latter "celebrates our undocumented students' educational success."


Campus Reform reports that Pasadena City College is not the only school to hold such a graduation, with Rutgers-Newark having held a similar ceremony for illegal immigrant students, and California State University, Northridge having hosted an "Undocu-Graduation" before as well.

Ira Mehlman, media director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), says this is meant for one major effect: division.

"We're being divided into subgroups and pitted against one another, and this just seems to be an extension of that," he submits.

Mehlman, Ira (Federation for American Immigration Reform) Mehlman

The irony, he adds, is that the advocates for illegal aliens argue that those individuals should not be treated any differently from anybody else, but then they want to recognize the people who are in the country illegally as a distinct group.

That inconsistency contributes to the divisiveness.

"What's going on on college campuses right now is beyond anything we have ever seen before," Mehlman tells AFN, but it is consistent with the message President Biden delivered at Morehouse College Sunday.

Mehlman points out that traditionally, people who have immigrated to American have worked to integrate and assimilate into the American way of life, but now "you have mass immigration and efforts to keep people separate and distinct."

"It is not a good combination," he concludes.

Other colleges that have held or will hold segregated graduations this year include Middlebury College, North Carolina State University, Salem State University, St. John's University, Boston University, the University of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Pennsylvania State University.