University of Florida apologizes to students rushed off stage during graduation ceremony

University of Florida used Twitter to issue an apology to several African American students rushed from the stage by a faculty member when they chose to celebrate as they walked across the stage to receive their diploma on Saturday.

Several people took to social media to post videos of the incidents, saying the man's actions were unfair and racially motivated.

"This is absolutely disgusting, these students have paid more (than) $40,000 in tuition and if they want to dance for 4 secs then it's their prerogative," Mackintosh Joachin, a student at the university, shared on Facebook.

On Sunday morning, school President Kent Fuchs, who was at the ceremony, tweeted an apology.

"During one of this weekend's commencement ceremonies, we were inappropriately aggressive in rushing students across the stage. I personally apologize, and am reaching out to the students involved," said Fuchs.

"The practice has been halted for all future ceremonies, and we will work to make sure all graduating students know we are proud of their achievements and celebrate with them their graduation."

Nafeesah Attah, one of the students who was ushered off the stage, shared her story with HLN.

"He really aggressively pushed me and put his hands on me, and really took away that moment of me celebrating my graduation," Attah told HLN. “"It was directly targeted and contingent upon your race. There were other students prior to us going up there who were white who did back-flips and took selfies, who did a spin on stage and they were not handled in the same regard."

Information from CNN.com and HLN.com contributed to this report.

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Pianki

Shame on the Faculty.

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