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Some VCU graduates walk out during Youngkin commencement speech

RICHMOND — Dozens of Virginia Commonwealth University students walked out of their graduation ceremony Saturday morning as Gov. Glenn Youngkin delivered the commencement address, showing support for the Palestinians and protesting part of the Republican crusade against efforts to promote racial equity in education.

Youngkin’s selection as speaker drew criticism from some ahead of the ceremony. The university chapter of the NAACP this week urged VCU officials to rescind the invitation, and some students said in recent days they would stage a walkout during the ceremony.

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