Howard University nursing graduation ceremony cut short after auditorium reaches maximum capacity

Screenshot of cell phone video

A twenty-five-second cell phone video circulated on the social media platform X on Friday, May 10 showing a group, described as parents and family members, chanting “Let us in, let us in.”

The video appears to be taken on the campus of Howard University, an HBCU in Washington D.C.

The person who posted the video added text reading, “POV: Howard University doesn’t want to let families in to see their loved ones graduate…they stopped letting people in at 5 pm when the ceremony starts at 6 pm…graduates are crying because their families can’t see them walk…they ended up canceling everything [because] they were rioting.”

According to Howard’s website, three commencement ceremonies took place on Thursday, May 9 – the School of Education Honors and Awards Ceremony, the Graduate School Annual Hood Presentation and Recognition Ceremony, and the College of Nursing and Allied Health Honors and Awards Ceremony.

In a second cell phone video posted to X, a Howard representative could be heard saying, “Because of the size of the room and because our relatives sometimes do not know how to act, the fire department is now here to shut us down.”

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