Pushed indoors, UNT's mass commencement ceremony sparsely attended


Mon, May 18, 2015 - 3:59pm -- (View the original Denton Record-Chronicle article.)

Denton Record-Chronicle

An estimated 300 to 400 degree recipients attended the University of North Texas’ first mass commencement ceremony, of the more than 4,000 who earned their diplomas this weekend.

A few minutes after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott took to the podium, a group of about a dozen protesters sat in one of the top two sections of the Coliseum and displayed banners that read "Abbott free UNT" and "Get the frack out of Denton," as well as signs supporting immigrant gay and transgender rights.Most of the students and guests who were in attendance were enthusiastic throughout the ceremony.

As Abbott approached the podium, half a dozen students rose to applaud him, and Mario Ovalle was the only student on the floor to ever turn his back on the govenor.

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