Updated May 6th, 2024 at 18:52 IST

Amid Ongoing Anti-War Protests, Columbia Cancels Commencement Ceremony

While Columbia has cancelled a university-wide commencement ceremony, it plans to hold smaller, school-based ones this week and the next.

An anti-war protest outside Columbia University. | Image:AP

New York: Columbia University is cancelling its large university-wide commencement ceremony amid ongoing pro-Palestinian protests but will hold smaller school-based ceremonies this week and next, the university announced Monday.

“Based on feedback from our students, we have decided to focus attention on our Class Days and school-level graduation ceremonies, where students are honoured individually alongside their peers, and to forego the university-wide ceremony that is scheduled for May 15,” Columbia officials said in a statement.


The protests stem from the conflict that started October 7 when Hamas militants attacked southern Israel, killing about 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and taking roughly 250 hostages.

Vowing to destroy Hamas, Israel launched an offensive in Gaza that has killed more than 34,500 Palestinians, about two-thirds of them women and children, according to the Health Ministry in the Hamas-ruled territory.


Israeli strikes have devastated the enclave and displaced most of its inhabitants.

The University of Southern California earlier cancelled its main graduation ceremony while allowing other commencement activities to continue.


Published May 6th, 2024 at 18:52 IST