After a student, on his walk to receive his diploma, stopped and popped open a yellow umbrella, the vice-chancellor of Hong Kong Baptist University refused to hand over the troublemaker’s diploma, and instead shut down the graduation ceremony on Saturday morning, according to Sina News.
In response to the vice-chancellor totally leaving their classmate hanging, many other students in the audience opened up yellow umbrellas of their own. Incensed, the vice-chancellor then lectured the students on the need to be dignified and postponed the ceremony until the next morning, when they would surely be better behaved.
Check out the video here (colder than Xi’s rejection of Abe?):
According to Apple Daily, the students surprisingly didn’t just throw away their principles overnight, so Sunday’s graduation ceremony went about as well, with the vice-chancellor again refusing to hand over the diplomas. Maybe everyone will see eye to eye next week? I mean, there are certainly worse things he could make them do for a diploma.
According to a recent poll done by CUHK, the Occupy movement is losing support among the people of Hong Kong. About 67.4 percent of those surveyed said that the activists should give up their protest immediately. Overall support fell from 37.8 percent last month to just 33.9 percent. Of course, kids will be kids and 67.7 percent of young people (ages 15-24) still support the movement, and while some may be ready to leave the streets, others appear ready to take the fight to the auditoriums of Hong Kong on graduation days.
by Alex Linder
[Images via Sina News]