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New York City mayor Eric Adams was booed and faced an audience of graduates who turned around during the commencement ceremony at the law school of the City University of New York, The New York Times reported.

The graduates heckled his speech, and some gave him the finger.

The protest was over a number of issues, including proposed budget cuts to CUNY.

Adams told the graduates, “My message today to the graduates, my message to those who believe that their beliefs are the only beliefs in a diversified city like New York, my message to you, instead of being a detached spectator in the full-contact sport called life, get on the field and participate about improving the lives of the people of this city.”