Graduation Ceremonies Canceled?!

( – The University of Southern California has decided to cancel its primary commencement ceremony this year over far-left protests against America’s support for US ally Israel’s war against Islamist terrorists, such as the Palestinian Arab group Hamas.

This decision, confirmed by USC officials on Thursday, follows significant criticism from pro-Palestinian activists regarding the initial exclusion of valedictorian Asna Tabassum from speaking at the event due to unspecified security concerns.

“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 university said.

This statement pertained to the cancellation of the university-wide graduation on May 10, which was anticipated to attract approximately 65,000 attendees.

Despite the main ceremony’s cancellation, 23 department-specific graduations at USC will continue as scheduled.

The university disclosed that it will mandate tickets for “all commencement events taking place on May 8–11” and will regulate campus access through designated entry points.

Provost Andrew Guzman communicated in a campus-wide letter on April 15 that the university had been made aware of threats with an “alarming tenor” subsequent to the announcement of Tabassum as the valedictorian and a designated speaker.

He described the threats as having “escalated to the point of creating substantial risks relating to security and disruption at commencement.”

In her Instagram profile, Tabassum linked to a pro-Palestinian site stating, “Zionism is a racist settler-colonialist ideology,” and advocating for a single Palestinian state as a means to achieve “Palestinian liberation and the complete abolishment of the state of Israel” so that “both Arabs and Jews can live together.”

However, Tabassum has defended her perspectives, denying any support for antisemitism and asserting that the university is targeting her due to her identity as a hijab-wearing Muslim woman.

Recently, USC also canceled appearances by several commencement honorees, a decision motivated by the desire to prevent putting these individuals in uncomfortable situations due to the highly publicized nature of the commencement issues.

“We are putting them in an awkward situation, difficult situation. There have been a lot of conversations around commencement. We do not want to put them in that position,” USC’s senior vice president of communications Joel Curran told The LA Times.

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