Harvard graduate students are making history at the university by becoming the first class to hold a black graduation ceremony similar to those held at other schools around the country.
According to Fox News, a committee of students have raised $27,000 for, but not limited to, black students, to come together in fellowship to celebrate their accomplishments as well as the tribulations at the Ivy League institution.
More than 120 students are expected to participate in the ceremony that will occur in Holmes Field near Harvard Law School in Massachusetts, Fox 25 Boston reports.
People of all different backgrounds, ethnicities, and races are encouraged to attend the ceremony at the prestigious university, an institution previously linked to slavery in its past.
“It’s not about segregation,” Michael Huggins, the president of the Harvard Black Graduate Student Alliance, said in a comment to The Root. “It’s about fellowship and building a community. This is a chance to reaffirm for each other that we enter the work world with a network of supporters standing with us. We are all partners.”
Funds raised will also go toward a reception planned after students walk across the stage at the black graduate ceremony on May 23.
According to The Root, students will be attending the main ceremony organized by the university on May 25.