National Institute on Aging

Racist Zoombombs Oklahoma City University’s Online Graduation Ceremony

On May 9, Oklahoma City University held its graduation online on the Zoom platform. During the benediction offered by student Jay Williams, the hacker displayed a swastika and the word “nigger” on the screen.

Martha Burger, president of Oklahoma City University, issued a statement that said: “We are deeply hurt and saddened by the pain that has been inflicted upon our community. During a time that should have been focused on recognizing our graduating students, an unknown source was able to bypass the system and display racist and offensive language. The Class of 2020 has been champions of diversity and inclusion, and we will continue to show love and support to each other as a university family in the aftermath of this hate.”

Oklahoma City Univerity enrolls nearly 2,800 students according to the latest data supplied to the U.S. Department of Education. African Americans make up 6 percent of the undergraduate student body.


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