CUNY Law School Unable to Find Venue for Graduation After Hate Speech and Antisemitism Controversies

2024-02-08 09:00:39

If you remember this story, you can easily understand why CUNY is having a hard time finding a venue.

The New York Post reports:

CUNY Law School unable to find graduation venue after past ‘hate speech’ controversies, student antisemitism

The City University of New York Law School is struggling to find a venue for their 2024 graduation ceremony, in the wake of past controversies surrounding the event.

Plans to hold the event at Hunter College fell through, CUNY Dean of Law Sudha Setty told faculty members last week, because of certain “concerns” which she refused to elaborate on.

“They [Hunter College] have a very complicated set of concerns about hosting our commencement. That’s the summary of it,” Setty said according to a recording obtained by Gothamist. When one of her colleagues asked for clarification Setty demurred.

“I might be able to do it elsewhere … we are in a very public setting,” she said.

The objections from Hunter will now force the school to explore the possibility of renting private event space, which could end up being triple the price, Setty said.

CUNY Law’s graduation is planned for May 23, with roughly 160 students in this year’s graduating class.

The situation suggests CUNY Law is still facing blowback from last year’s ceremony, in which speaker Fatima Mousa Mohammed blasted the school for continuing “to train and cooperate with the fascist NYPD, the military.”

She offered additional condemnation to the public institution for continuing “to train [Israeli] soldiers to carry out that violence globally.”

The Palestinian activist falsely condemned Israel for “murdering the old, the young, attacking even funerals and graveyards as it encourages lynch mobs to target Palestinian homes and businesses.”

The fire and brimstone were condemned as “hate speech” by both Mayor Adams and CUNY’s Board of Trustees.

The school announced they would suspend student speakers from ceremonies going forward.




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