"I just said to my friends, 'How iconic would it be if I did a death drop?'" says Brandon Austin, a.ka. drag starlet Sophia Stardust.
Students said an empty chair will no longer memorialize their friend at the ceremony.
New York University's president said the graduate speaker's remarks made some audience members feel unwelcome and excluded.
A Rochester, New York prep school's first black valedictorian was forbidden from speaking at his graduation for several "run-ins" with his principal. So the mayor stepped in.
Lulabel Seitz was cut off as she prepared to speak about allegations of sexual assault at Petaluma High School in California.
Apple CEO Tim Cook's commencement speech at Duke University Sunday offered graduates a "think different" strategy that touted the women of the "me too" movement as well as the Parkland, Florida shooting survivors.
The "snowflake" insult is a way to mock politically correct millennials—who, in theory, are especially sensitive because they were raised to think they're special.