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College holding virtual graduation for LGBTQIA+, minority, foreign students; everyone else left out


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In Minnesota, college students are being told that their graduation is being postponed until next year, that's 2021 (it's only April 2020), due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That is, unless, you're a student who identifies as a "LGBTQIA+ student" or labels as another minority. If that's the case, then you will be allowed to get your degree in a "virtual ceremony."


According to Campus Reform, St. Olaf College has told the vast majority of their students that they won't be allowed to graduate on time. However, they are holding a virtual ceremony for students who claim to be apart of some kind of minority group.


At the end of the school year, "self-identified domestic students of color, international students, and LGTBIA+ students" will be able to have their own virtual graduation ceremony due to the coronavirus crisis, this being stated by an administrative email. For the rest of the class of 2020 at the school, they've been "rescheduled for a date in late May/early June of 2021," according to the official website of St. Olaf College.


“This event acknowledges the value and uniqueness of students’ experience and serves to commemorate and highlight the accomplishments of individuals within their familial and cultural context,” said an email from St. Olaf College, stating that the scheduled virtual graduation will be happening on Friday.

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