Cooper Union students pinned red felt squares to their graduation gowns and refused to acknowledge president Jamshed Bharucha, in the latest protest against the school's instatement of undergraduate tuition. The protest took place at the 2015 Commencement Ceremony yesterday, and was organized by student activist group Free Cooper Union, which has directed a variety of informational and protest actions in response to the landmark tuition decision.
On May 27, the day of the Ceremony, Free Cooper Union posted the following on Facebook:
At the ceremony, graduates receiving their diplomas refused to shake hands with President Jamshed Bharucha, who oversaw the school's decision to begin charging undergraduate tuition. Many students in the audience turned their backs on Bharucha during his presidential address. The protest echoed similar actions staged at 2014's Commencement, the year Cooper Union officially began charging.
In an effort to mitigate a lawsuit filed against the school by a student and faculty members, Cooper Union's board recently voted not to renew Bharucha's presidency next year, but it's not clear how that will change the court's view of the school.