anti-Israel protest at Columbia University
anti-Israel protest at Columbia UniversityReuters, Eduardo Munoz

Columbia University today (Monday) announced the cancelation of its university-wide commencement ceremony, following weeks of anti-Israel protests that rocked the campus.

The commencement, which is scheduled for May 15, will be held as “smaller-scale, school-based celebrations.”

“We have decided to make the centerpiece of our commencement activities our class days and school-level ceremonies, where students are honored individually alongside their peers, rather than the university-wide ceremony that is scheduled for May 15," the announcement reads.

“Our graduating students, their families, and their loved ones are very focused on our upcoming commencement celebrations. We are as well. We are determined to give our students the celebration they deserve, and that they want," the announcement continues. “Our students emphasized that these smaller-scale, school-based celebrations are most meaningful to them and their families.”

“As a result, we will focus our resources on those school ceremonies and on keeping them safe, respectful, and running smoothly.”

The protests began with the establishment of an illegal tent encampment on the Columbia campus on April 17, setting off a trend that quickly spread to other campuses across the US.

A week ago, anti-Israel protesters broke into and occupied Columbia University's Hamilton Hall. The following day, NYPD officers were brought in to remove the protesters from campus, and many were arrested.