GAINESVILLE, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) - Graduation day at the University of Florida (UF) got physical over the weekend when a pushy usher decided to rush several students across the stage during their commencement ceremony.
Many students were having fun on stage by dancing, but a faculty member began stepping in when the graduate would do anything more than a wave or a glance.
UF announced on Tuesday that the faculty member who served as marshal at the commencement hs been placed on paid administrative leave and pending a review of the appropriate administrative steps.
UF President Kent Fuchs issued an apology for the incident via Twitter and said that this practice has been halted for all future graduation ceremonies. He also apologized at every graduation ceremony since the incident.
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. (1/2)— W. Kent Fuchs (@PresidentFuchs) May 6, 2018
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. (2/2)— W. Kent Fuchs (@PresidentFuchs) May 6, 2018