Universities across the US will hold graduation ceremonies after weeks of protests. This is the latest

Universities across the US will hold graduation ceremonies after weeks of protests. This is the latest

Graduation ceremonies are scheduled to take place at colleges and universities in the US this weekend after weeks of protests that saw more than 2,100 people arrested on more than 40 campuses in at least 25 states.

A wave of pro-Palestinian protests and college officials’ concerns about security have already begun to affect commencement. In Michigan, protesters disrupted the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theater & Dance commencement ceremony on Friday, according to video from a reporter with CNN affiliate the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

And, the president of the University of Vermont announced on Friday that Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the US ambassador to the United Nations, will no longer deliver the commencement address effective. Several protesters on campus have asked the university to rescind its invitation to Thomas-Greenfield.

All this comes a few weeks after the University of Southern California decided to rescind the invitation of valedictorian Asna Tabassum to speak at its ceremony. USC now plans to hold a “family graduate celebration” on May 9, the school announced Friday, just over a week after canceling the main graduation ceremony.

Update from New York

Columbia University President Minouche Shafik said in a video message Friday that the protesters occupying Hamilton Hall “crossed a new line.” Columbia trustee Jeh Johnson voiced support for Shafik’s message in which he called the past two weeks on campus “among the most difficult in Columbia’s history.”
The New York City Police Department arrested 43 people at The New School, a private university in the city, after the school asked for help in dispersing illegal encampments, according to an NYPD spokeswoman who spoke Friday to CNN affiliate WABC.
Additionally, The New School switches to online learning on Fridays.
The New York Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations on Friday criticized school administrations at New York University, The New School, the University of Buffalo and Stony Brook University for the arrests of student protesters.
Also, of the 44 people arrested in Hamilton Hall at Columbia University this week, 13 were adults not affiliated with Columbia, six were students affiliated with other educational institutions, 23 were Columbia students and two were school employees, the university said. .
Update from California

USC is initiating a disciplinary process for campus members “who have violated both our policies and laws,” President Carol L. Folt said Friday. The university will take any further action necessary to keep the campus safe and uphold legal obligations, Folt said.
UCLA campus operations are expected to fully resume Monday, the school said, after classes were canceled and then held remotely following violence at a protest camp last week.
Stanford University officials have sent the FBI a photo of a person at a campus campsite who they say appears to be wearing a headband similar to those worn by members of Hamas, school officials said this week.
The University of California, Riverside, administration and protesters reached an agreement Friday on investment transparency and study abroad programs. The protest camp on the campus will be disbanded at midnight on Friday.
Universities around the world

Students at Trinity College Dublin set up camp on campus on Friday evening as part of a pro-Palestinian protest. This comes shortly after college authorities fined the student union $230,000 (€214,000) for disruption caused by earlier pro-Palestinian protests.

Updates in Illinois and Georgia

University of Chicago President Paul Alivisatos said the school had “reached that level” and would intervene because of disruption and safety to the campus community.
Emory University’s College of Arts and Sciences faculty senate passed a vote of no confidence in university President Gregory L. Fenves on Friday. The vote was a condemnation of the decision to call in outside law enforcement officers who arrested both students and faculty during pro-Palestinian protests on campus last week.
The impact of protests on the 2024 election

US Representative James Clyburn, a Democrat from South Carolina, expressed concern about how college campus protests could affect President Joe Biden’s second-term presidential bid, agreeing with Senator Bernie Sanders, who warned that Biden’s stance on Israel’s war in Gaza may have voters isolated youth.

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