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Columbia University Cancels Main Commencement Amid Protests Over Israel-Palestine Conflict

Columbia University has announced the cancellation of its main commencement ceremony due to ongoing pro-Palestinian protests on campus. The university stated that students emphasized the importance of smaller, school-based celebrations, which will still be held at various locations. The decision comes as universities across the US grapple with handling graduations amid protests related to the Israel-Palestine conflict. Columbia's decision saves its president, Minouche Shafik, from having to deliver a commencement address in an area where police dismantled a protest encampment last week. Other universities, such as Emory and the University of Southern California, have also made changes to their commencement plans due to protests.

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Sources: - https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-68965723 - https://apnews.com/article/columbia-commencement-protests-gaza-080a42e09d9bac2e37321874ac37a8c1 - https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2024/05/06/columbia-university-cancels-commencement/ - https://www.npr.org/2024/05/06/1249326201/columbia-commencement-canceled-student-protests-war-gaza - https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/5/6/columbia-university-cancels-main-commencement-ceremony-after-gaza-protests - https://www.wsj.com/us-news/education/columbia-university-cancels-graduation-student-protests-8f865f7f - https://www.foxnews.com/live-news/may-6-anti-israel-protest-colleges-campus-police-arrest

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AdiRanto

1 month ago

I recall having two separate ceremonies when I graduated from my undergraduate program 10 years ago, one for the entire university and another for our specific department.

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Wallingford Wondrous

1 month ago

These protesters seem to lack a clear understanding of the issue they're demonstrating against, and their knowledge of Gaza's context appears to be limited. It's likely that their professors have influenced their views.

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