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Students and Faculty Walk out in Protest at MSU's Graduation

Saturday was graduation day for many schools across the nation, including here in Texoma where hundreds of Midwestern State University students are celebrating their accomplishments.

Saturday was graduation day for many schools across the nation, including here in Texoma where hundreds of Midwestern State University students are celebrating their accomplishments.

Those students, along with family, friends, and MSU faculty, attended MSU's commencement ceremony at Kay Yeager Coliseum Saturday morning. MSU's Public Information Officer Julie Gaynor says 712 graduates turned their tassels and received their diplomas Saturday. Students received their undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 30 different areas of study. Our congratulations goes out to all of Saturday's graduates.

And during that celebration Saturday, a group of faculty and a few students took part in a silent protest as the commencement speaker took the stage. As Doctor Ben Carson was introduced to the audience, some faculty and students stood up and walked out of the building. They say they disagree with some of Doctor Carson's Beliefs including his opposition to same-sex marriage and comments he's made on national news outlets.

Susan Sportsman, MSU Adjunct Faculty said, "Certainly, the speaker has a right to his opinion, just as I.  I would not have left had I not felt strongly that we need to celebrate all kinds of people and all kinds of diversity." 
Silent protesters also wore "pride" ribbons to show their stance.
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