Mayor Adams Urges Universities To Proceed With Graduation Ceremonies Amid Campus Protests

New York City Mayor Eric Adams has encouraged universities to proceed with their planned graduation ceremonies despite the ongoing campus protests across the city. In an interview with ABC News “This Week” co-anchor Jonathan Karl on Sunday Adams assured that the New York Police Department would do its job to ensure peaceful proceedings.

“I don’t think we should allow anything to get in our normal way of life” Adams said. “We will do our job.”

The mayor’s comments come amid arrests and violent disruptions on campuses in New York City which have become the focal point of demonstrations nationwide against the Israel-Hamas war.

Adams defended the NYPD’s response to the protests stating that the police have an obligation to intervene when protests turn violent. He noted that the large-scale police intervention seen at Columbia University was a result of communication between the police and school officials.

“We want to ensure we protect democracy and the right to protest … but we have an obligation that when those protests reach the point of violence … we have to ensure that we use a minimum amount of force to terminate what is perceived to be a threat not only by our intelligence but also the school and college officials” Adams said.

The mayor expressed concern about attempts to radicalize young people and stated that the city cannot take this issue lightly. He maintained that he has an obligation to ensure the city’s safety despite criticism from some Democrats who argue that the response to protesters was disproportionate and improper on school grounds.