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USC cancels valedictorian’s speech over safety

People walk on the campus of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles on March 21, 2024.

The University of Southern California said its valedictorian will no longer give a graduation speech this year, citing “substantial security risks” related to social media discussions around the Israel-Hamas conflict.

The Los Angeles school revealed that Asna Tabassum, a fourth-year student from Chino Hills, California, had been selected as valedictorian and would deliver a speech alongside two salutatorians. In a press release Monday, the university said she would no longer speak at the ceremony after the discussion over her selection took on “alarming content.”

The move comes after some students, alumni and others complained to the university about Tabassum’s social media, which includes an Instagram bio linking to a pro-Palestinian website.



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