Pro-Palestinian protests: US universities cancel graduation ceremonies

Washington: The University of Southern California (USC) has canceled its main graduation ceremony scheduled for May 10, citing safety concerns and the introduction of new safety measures following recent pro-Palestinian protests on campus. has been discontinued.

These measures will delay processing the expected large number of guests and make it impossible to hold the traditional main stage ceremony, which draws approximately 65,000 attendees in a short period of time, United Press International (UPI) said. reported.

To increase security, USC will now ticket all commencement events and restrict access to campus to designated entry points. The latest plans for graduation are expected to be published on the university’s website by Tuesday.

Although major ceremonies have been canceled, departmental activities, special celebrations, and doctoral degree conferral ceremonies will continue as scheduled.

The move comes as pro-Palestinian protests continue to spread to various universities in the United States, including the University of Texas at Austin, Harvard University, MIT, and others. – Bernama-UPI

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