CU students protest looming debt at commencement

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BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Some University of Colorado students are silently protesting their looming student debt at commencement.

They sported inflatable ball and chains and had the amount of loans they owe tapped to their graduation caps during Friday's ceremony.

Organizers say it's a way to protest the rising costs of education without interrupting the graduation for others and their families.

The movement, dubbed Occupy Graduation, is shipping the ball and chains to at least six universities around the country including San Francisco State, Hunter College, George Washington University and the University of North Carolina. A 10-pack sells for $25.

Of the 200 inflatable ball and chains that have been shipped, about 50 were sent to Colorado.

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