Tuesday September 30th 2014

UNC students plan alternative graduation

By Mary Withers

Every year, thousands of UNC seniors flood Kenan Stadium in a sea of Carolina blue caps and gowns. But this year, some won’t head there. They’ll be a mile away at another commencement.

Students set up an alternative graduation event to protest the University-chosen commencement speaker, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. They say he doesn’t represent the values of Carolina. So, instead, they’ve scheduled another set of speakers that includes a peace activist, a novelist and an Occupy Wall Street organizer. Carolina Connection’s Mary Withers reports more on the reasons behind the alternative graduation and how students are reacting.

 

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