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Two universities let students cancel Biden’s UN ambassador’s support for Israel

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A handful of students from the University of Vermont and Xavier University are now in charge

Two universities recently had students veto and halt planned graduation speeches by President Joe Biden’s ambassador to the United Nations.

But there was a better way to handle the situation.

The University of Vermont will no longer host UN Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield as a keynote speaker this weekend, following backlash from pro-Palestinian activists.

“Protesters had demanded that Thomas-Greenfield be ousted as the university’s commencement speaker, saying the ambassador was complicit in the US decision to veto three UN resolutions calling for a ceasefire -the firing in Gaza amid the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas,” the spokesperson said. VTDigger reported.

The university president wrote that opposition from a “vocal minority” led the school to cancel the ambassador (depicted).

“Our graduating students want to enjoy the commencement celebration, and we do not want the potential disruption from a vocal minority to mar the moment,” wrote President Suresh Garimella, as reported by the VTDigger.

UVM Students for Justice in Palestine declared “victory” on its Instagram page.

“Victory! War criminal Linda Thomas-Greenfield has resigned,” said the image on Instagram. “When we fight, we win.”

A Catholic, historically black university also decided to let a handful of students set the agenda for its graduation ceremony.

Xavier University in Louisiana canceled Thomas-Greenfield’s planned speech last week after pushback.

“The vast majority of students want to be able to enjoy a commencement ceremony without disruptions,” President Reynold Verret announced, as reported by the Associated Press. “That is why we are not going ahead with the starting speaker as originally planned.”

“Verret called the cancellation a ‘regrettable conclusion’ and said the decision was made in collaboration with the ambassador,” the AP reported.

Student government president Chase Patterson thanked the campus president for his support of the cancellation, as reported by the AP.

Although the universities did not want any disruptions, there was a better way to deal with it.

Instead of vetoing students, administrators should have come to the ceremonies with pre-completed expulsion and withdrawal of diploma forms.

Any student who disrupted the ceremony had his or her diploma automatically revoked.

If that warning were clearly in place, universities would find out how “vocal” the “minority” really wants to be.

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