Yellow umbrellas highlighted a graduation congregation ceremony in Lingnan College as students dramatized their support for the democracy movement, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday.
University president Leonard Cheng said students have been “actively engaged in discussions over Hong Kong’s political and electoral reform”.
“No matter how it turns out, students can learn and grow from these experiences,” he said in a speech.
A dozen students unfurled yellow umbrellas, chanting “we demand genuine universal suffrage and fair moderation of the talks”, while others distributed yellow ribbons during the morning ceremony on Monday.
On Tuesday, student leaders and government representatives are scheduled to meet for the first time since the democracy protests began more than three weeks ago.
“Let’s congratulate those who are absent for the future of Hong Kong,” said Hui Po-keung, an associate professor of the Department of Cultural Studies, referring to student protesters who could not join the ceremony.
One student pinned a yellow ribbon on Cheng, who responded with a smile, the report said.
Cheng, who will moderate the talks, earlier said he knew “nothing” about the status of the sit-in protest.
A student union representative criticised Cheng’s comment and said it puts his impartiality into question.
Cheng clarified his remark, saying he “followed the news and made phone calls to students”.
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