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University of Chicago graduation ceremony marred by protests as school holds back four diplomas

Palestine protestors chant at the university of Chicago (Via John Tucker/Shutterstock)

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Several students protesting against the conflict in Gaza left the University of Chicago’s graduation ceremony on Saturday after the school decided to withhold diplomas from four seniors involved in a pro-Palestinian encampment.

The disruption, which occurred during the rainy outdoor ceremony, was brief. Students walked out amid shouts and boos, some carrying Palestinian flags or wearing kaffiyeh scarves. The diplomas of the seniors, including Youssef Haweh, were withheld pending a disciplinary process related to the encampment, according to UChicago United for Palestine.

Students at the University of Chicago (Via John Tucker/Shutterstock)

Haweh emphasized solidarity with Palestinians, stating, “My diploma doesn’t matter when there are people in Gaza who will never receive one. What about them?”

University officials acknowledged the protest, affirming the school’s support for students’ rights to express diverse views.

Similar protests and encampments have emerged at Harvard University, MIT, and other campuses across the U.S. and Europe recently. Students are urging universities to cease business dealings with Israel and companies linked to the Gaza conflict, aiming to draw attention to what they describe as a genocide against Palestinians by Israel and Hamas.

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