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SUNY will proceed with graduation ceremonies despite protests, concerns about safety

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SUNY officials confirmed that graduation ceremonies will continue as scheduled this weekend across the state, despite ongoing protests and encampments at some college campuses. This decision follows recent unrest, including the arrest of over 130 people at SUNY New Paltz two weeks ago, which raised safety concerns about potential disruptions to commencement events.


Chancellor John King emphasized SUNY’s commitment to maintaining tradition while ensuring the safety of all participants. “We’re paying close attention to issues of safety, so there may be ways that graduations look a little different as we try to make sure that they are joyous events for our students,” King stated. The university system is exploring adjustments to the ceremonies to enhance security without diminishing the celebratory spirit.

Despite the disturbances, SUNY aims to provide a traditional graduation season, recognizing the hard work and achievements of its students. Adjustments to the ceremonies are being considered to safeguard attendees while preserving the essence of the celebratory events.