An Oklahoma college’s virtual graduation was cut short by a hacker who put a racial slur and swastika on the screen, school officials said.
Oklahoma City University said a graduate was giving a blessing during Saturday’s ceremony held on Zoom when the offensive image appeared, KFOR reported.
“Although we took safety precautions, unfortunately, the digital platform we used to connect has become a target,” OCU President Martha Burger, according to the report.
In a message to the OCU community, Burger slammed the incident as a “horrendous act of racism, bigotry, and anti-Semitism.”
“I cannot remove this pain and hurt, but I want you to know, that at OCU, we will continue to pursue the values that define us — values of integrity, respect, diversity and inclusion, and collaboration,” she said.
Burger said the incident was reported to federal and state authorities and the university will pursue “every avenue to ensure that those responsible are held accountable under the law.”