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USC Valedictorian Asna Tabassum Gets Standing Ovation at Pared-Down Graduation

HeadlineMay 10, 2024

The University of Southern California hosted its alternative graduation event Thursday evening after calling off its mainstage ceremony. USC announced it was not holding its typical commencement ceremony this year amid a national backlash for canceling valedictorian Asna Tabassum’s speech after she was subjected to an online hate campaign for expressing solidarity with Palestine. Asna Tabassum’s fellow graduates erupted into cheers as she was acknowledged at Thursday’s graduation.

Announcer: “Asna will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering, molecular and cellular engineering and a minor in resistance to genocide. You may not know this, but Asna is USC’s 2024 valedictorian.”

Click here to see our interview with Asna Tabassum, the valedictorian at USC, and our coverage of this issue.

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