Seattle Pacific University students hand president pride flags instead of shaking his hand at graduation

The demonstration was in response to a policy that prevents SPU from hiring LGBTQ+ instructors.

SEATTLE — Some graduating students at Seattle Pacific University’s (SPU) commencement ceremony chose to hand the school’s president pride flags instead of shaking his hand on Sunday. 

The demonstration was in response to a policy that SPU’s Board of Trustees recently voted to uphold that prevents the school from employing LGBTQ+ staff members. The school’s employee conduct expectations require employees to refrain from same-sex sexual activity, extramarital sex and cohabitating before marriage. 

Students at SPU have been protesting the board’s decision for weeks, including a sit-in outside the university

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