USC's move to cancel commencement amid protests draws criticism from students, alumni


April 26, 2024

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The University of Southern California's decision Thursday to cancel its main graduation ceremony, a move that came 10 days after administrators said the student valedictorian who had expressed support for Palestinians would not be allowed to speak, left students and alumni stunned as protests over the Israel-Hamas war continue to spread on campuses nationwide.

"It seems like USC isn't really listening to their student body," said Olivia Lee, a 2023 business administration graduate who said she is rethinking whether to recommend the private university to potential students.


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