The University of Pennsylvania announced it will not move its commencement from Shavuot to another date, refusing to take into account a petition which asks for the event to be moved to accommodate Jewish students who observe the holiday.

The petition was signed by more than 1,600 students and alumni. It asked that the university consider moving the commencement ceremony to another date.

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The Philadelphia university’s student newspaper, The Daily Pennsylvanian, reported that approximately 40 seniors who are Orthodox Jews were sent notice of the school’s decision not to move the ceremony on March 24.

The email stated that commencement could not be moved due to logistical reasons. “The details and logistics of executing an event of this scale have been set for well over a year, and it is not feasible to move the ceremony even without other in-person school ceremonies in place.” read more at Arutz-7