May 10, 2019
Photo by A. Sue Weisler
The Black Awareness Coordinating Committee organized RIT's first student-driven Black Graduation ceremony on May 9. Malik Johnson, a fourth-year photographic and imaging arts student from Bronx, N.Y. and president, said it's important to recognize black graduating students because they continue to be underrepresented in higher education. "We believe that it is very important to shed light on the accomplishment of graduating from a prestigious institution such as RIT," he said. "This event should undoubtedly serve to unify not only the black community, but the the entire RIT community as well."