Agreeing to protesters’ demand, U of Vermont removes US envoy to UN as commencement speaker

US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield speaks during a United Nations Security Council meeting at the UN headquarters in New York on March 25, 2024. (Angela Weiss/AFP)
US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield speaks during a United Nations Security Council meeting at the UN headquarters in New York on March 25, 2024. (Angela Weiss/AFP)

Protesters at the University of Vermont notch a victory as the administration announces that their commencement speaker, the US ambassador to the United Nations, will no longer be giving an address to graduates later this month.

The protesters, who erected an encampment Sunday, had demanded Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s speech be removed from the upcoming ceremony because of her role in vetoing multiple UN ceasefire resolutions that contained no mention or linkage to a deal for Hamas to release the hostages it took on October 7.

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