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Pro-Palestinian Protests Disrupt College Commencement Ceremonies Across U.S.

Pro-Palestinian protests erupted on college campuses across the U.S., disrupting commencement ceremonies and sparking heated debates. The demonstrations follow several weeks of nationwide campus protests from students demanding that their universities divest from Israeli companies and companies that supply weapons to Israel. At the University of Michigan, protesters interrupted the School of Music, Theatre & Dance commencement ceremony, carrying Palestinian flags and signs, and chanting 'Disclose, divest, we will not stop, we will not rest.' Similar disruptions occurred at other schools, including the University of Virginia, where 25 people were arrested for trespassing after protesters refused to remove tents from campus. The protests have left school administrators struggling with how to balance First Amendment rights and campus security, with some universities opting to set up designated areas for students to protest.

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Sources: - https://apnews.com/article/israel-palestine-gaza-war-colleges-universities-campus-protests-ad9deb304a49edbb52f5ae607f08cecd - https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2024/05/04/university-of-michigan-commencement-school-of-music-theatre-dance-protest-affil-digvid.cnn - https://thehill.com/homenews/education/4643195-pro-palestine-demonstration-interrupts-university-of-michigan-commencement/ - https://www.foxnews.com/media/anti-israel-student-protests-threaten-cancel-graduation-ceremonies-repeat-covid-era

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