Protest encampment at University Yard in support of Palestinians in Gaza

Commencement Ceremonies on US Campuses Roiled by Protests Over the Israel-Hamas War

As many campuses have been roiled by protests over the Israel-Hamas war, some school administrations have taken steps to contain disruptions during commencement.

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Low Memorial Library at Columbia University in New York City, April 14, 2021.

Columbia Cancels Main Commencement After Weeks of Pro-Palestinian Protests

Noting that the past few weeks have been “incredibly difficult” for the community, the school said in its announcement that it made the decision after discussions with students.

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People protest in support of Palestinians in Gaza at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles

USC Cancels Commencement Amid Protests, Drawing Criticism From Students, Alumni

The protests over the Israel-Hamas conflict pose a tough test for colleges nationwide as administrators seek to balance free speech and open debate against pressures over campus safety.

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