Columbia University student brings rape protest mattress to graduation

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NEW YORK — The college student who made national headlines last Fall for carrying her dorm mattress to protest her alleged sexual assault has now graduated with her mattress in tow.

Emma Sulkowicz carried the mattress across the stage to receive her diploma Tuesday at Columbia University in New York.

Sulkowicz says she was raped by another student in 2012.

But an investigation by Columbia University cleared the accused student and he remained on campus.

Sulkowicz vowed to carry the mattress until he was expelled.

That student also graduated on Tuesday.

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