The Lebanese University (LU) campus in Hadath, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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The president of the Lebanese University denied reports Thursday that a unified graduation ceremony for media students had been canceled after some students expressed reservations over the serving of alcohol and the dress code.During the 1975-90 Civil War, LU's faculties were divided into Branch 1 and Branch 2 .A graduation ceremony has not been held for LU media students for some years.The issue came to light after remarks made last week by Branch 2 Student Council Chair Mestica Khoury and in light of media reports that Branch 1 students said they would not tolerate students from Branch 2 having alcohol during the ceremony or wearing a certain dress.George Sadaka, dean of LU's Faculty of Information, denied accusations that the university's administration was not doing enough to bring Branch 1 and Branch 2 students together.A state-run institution, LU currently has 72,033 students, making it the largest university in the country.Sadaka echoed Sayyed Hussein, saying the topic had taken on a dimension it didn't deserve. He added that in the years that graduation ceremonies have not been held, Branch 2 students have put on an unofficial graduation ceremony among themselves.
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