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University Of South Carolina Cancels Commencement Ceremony Due To Ongoing Protest

Amidst the roiling protests on university campuses, the University of South Carolina (USC) has canceled its commencement ceremony scheduled for 10 May. This was a shock for the thousands of students who were looking forward to celebrating their graduation with friends and families.

The University of South Carolina has been under heat for canceling the speech of Valedictorian Asna Tabassum due to “safety issues.” However, the decision to cancel the graduation day altogether has upset the students.

Melina Feradouni, a student graduating this year, told the Independent News, “Unfortunately, the lack of proper action by our university has led to a very special day being ruined. Our graduation has always been a day open to the public, and I personally had about 15 loved ones expected to attend, but unfortunately, that will no longer be possible.”

USC has reassured students that there will be other activities to enjoy the graduation with loved ones. The authorities wrote in an official statement, “With the new safety measures in place this year, the time needed to process the large number of guests coming to campus will increase substantially. As a result, we cannot host the main stage ceremony that traditionally brings 65,000 students, families, and friends to our campus simultaneously and during a short window from 8:30 am to 10 am.”

The notice further mentions, “We understand that this is disappointing; however, we are adding many new activities and celebrations to make this commencement academically meaningful, memorable, and uniquely USC, including places to gather with family, friends, faculty, and staff, the celebratory releasing of the doves, and performances by the Trojan Marching Band.”

The police department said around 90 students have been arrested till now due to encampments on University premises. The armed policemen had to fire rubber bullets to disperse the crowd gathered to demand their universities cut ties with Israeli organizations.

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