After 100 years, University honours Black student banned from graduation ceremony


Exactly one century ago, a black female student-Lucile Berkeley Buchanan, after satisfying the school’s requirements for the award of a degree should have been honoured with one publicly, but that was not the case as she wasn’t allowed to walk in her graduation ceremony to celebrate her accomplishment.
Now 100 years later, her Alma mata, the University of Colorado has deemed it fit to honour her.
The Hill reports that late Buchanan was not allowed to walk in her 1918 graduation ceremony despite having taken all the required classes and exams.
Lucile in the middle with her family
The discovery was first made by associate professor, Polly McLean, who had researched the woman’s story and corrected the record at the university.
McLean is also set to host the inaugural Lucile Berkeley Buchanan Lecture on April 4.
Prof. McLean in front of Buchanan's house
According to The Hill, “[W]hen the moment came to be acknowledged at the graduation ceremony—to walk across the stage, have your hand shaken, to be given a diploma—that didn’t happen,” Ann Carlos, a dean at the school, told the Post. “And so this celebration of this woman’s life was both to help us all remember who she was and to acknowledge and make a small reparation for the fact that she didn’t walk 100 years ago.”  
US News on its part reports that Buchanan was born in Denver in 1884 to former slaves. She earned a degree in German at Colorado University and taught in Colorado and Illinois. She died at age 105 in 1989.


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