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This combination photo shows graduates' mortar board emblazoned with decorations and sayings during a commencement for Medgar Evers College in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, June 8, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

This combination photo shows graduates' mortar board emblazoned with decorations and sayings during a commencement for Medgar Evers College in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, June 8, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

This combination photo shows graduates' mortar board emblazoned with decorations and sayings during a commencement for Medgar Evers College in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, June 8, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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A graduate's mortar board is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College . REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A graduate's mortar board is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College . REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A graduate's mortar board is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College . REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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A graduate's mortar board is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A graduate's mortar board is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A graduate's mortar board is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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A graduate's mortar board is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A graduate's mortar board is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A graduate's mortar board is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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A graduate's mortar board is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A graduate's mortar board is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A graduate's mortar board is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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A graduate's mortar board is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A graduate's mortar board is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A graduate's mortar board is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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A graduate's mortar board is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A graduate's mortar board is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A graduate's mortar board is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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A graduate's mortar board is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A graduate's mortar board is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A graduate's mortar board is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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A graduate's mortar board hat is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A graduate's mortar board hat is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A graduate's mortar board hat is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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A graduate's mortar board hat is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College in the Brooklyn borough. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A graduate's mortar board hat is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College in the Brooklyn borough. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A graduate's mortar board hat is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College in the Brooklyn borough. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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A graduate's mortar board hat is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A graduate's mortar board hat is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A graduate's mortar board hat is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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A graduate's mortar board hat is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A graduate's mortar board hat is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A graduate's mortar board hat is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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A graduate's mortar board hat is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A graduate's mortar board hat is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A graduate's mortar board hat is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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A graduate's mortar board hat is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A graduate's mortar board hat is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A graduate's mortar board hat is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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A graduate's mortar board hat is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A graduate's mortar board hat is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A graduate's mortar board hat is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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A graduate's mortar board hat is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A graduate's mortar board hat is pictured during a commencement for Medgar Evers College. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

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