Updated: May 19 at 11:40 a.m.
Though a new policy said graduates would be barred from bringing 'large objects' to Class Day ceremonies, Spectator news deputy Teo Armus has confirmed that Emma Sulkowicz, CC '15, was allowed into the Columbia College Class Day tents with her mattress.
Sulkowicz's senior thesis, "Carry That Weight," is a performance art piece in which she has carried her mattress around campus until her alleged rapist, Paul Nungesser, CC '15, is no longer on campus. Nungesser is currently suing Columbia and Sulkowicz's thesis adviser, visual arts professor Jon Kessler. His suit alleges violations of Title IX in the University's handling of Sulkowicz's project.
Follow along for live updates from the ceremony here.
— Michael Ouimette (@mtouimette) May 19, 2015
Emma Sulkowicz said she received no direct communication in advance of #ccclassday— Teo Armus (@teoarmus) May 19, 2015
Sulkowicz said a Columbia officer asked her to leave her mattress in a room in Lerner Hall and then pick it up afterwards #ccclassday— Teo Armus (@teoarmus) May 19, 2015
Emma and her mattress at commencement this morning. pic.twitter.com/KK2kG0Vojc— Jess (@oxfordist) May 19, 2015
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, CC '92, is giving his keynote speech.