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Harvard Holds Special Graduation For Illegal Immigrants

Jeff Katz
May 14, 2019 - 12:54 pm

Harvard University hosted a special graduation ceremony on Wednesday for illegal immigrants titled “UndocuGraduation.” The ceremony included a speech by a professor arrested while protesting President Donald Trump.

The graduation ceremony was hosted at Harvard to celebrate illegal immigrant graduates, according to The Harvard Crimson, which added that one of the ceremony’s guest speakers was history professor Kirsten Weld, who had been arrested in 2017 while protesting President Trump.

The professor was one of the thirty-one Harvard professors arrested in the fall of 2017 for blocking traffic during a protest of the president’s decision to repeal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Along with professor Weld, the illegal immigrant graduation ceremony included former Act on a Dream director, Pierre R. Berastain, Harvard custodian and Temporary Protected Status coalition organizer Doris Reina-Landaverde and Harvard Financial Aid Initiative director Michael Esposito as guest speakers.

The “UndocuGraduation” ceremony was put on by the “Act on a Dream” student group, whose goal is to push Harvard administration to increase the school’s support for illegal immigrant students and advocate for legislation designed to abolish ICE, according to the group’s website.

Salvadoran-American poet and activist Javier Zamora was reportedly the event’s keynote speaker, where he told the students that “nobody, not this institution, not this president” could have anticipated the accomplishments of illegal immigrants.