So much for a mass protest by Syracuse University graduates Sunday.
The graduates were supposed to be up in arms that JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon had been selected to give the commencement address in front 5,000 students. It appears that the student body felt that the decision to ask Dimon to speak was inappropriate. Bloomberg quotes one student who said: 'We're all graduating at a time when the job opportunities are at one of the lowest (levels) in history, and it's largely due to his industry'.
Around 1,200 students are said to have signed an online protest against the choice of Dimon as speaker, and it was thought that several hundred students would display their anger by taking off their robes during Dimon's speech.
In the event, Dimon spoke for 20 applause-interrupted minutes and was given a standing ovation at the end. And just 12 or so students took their robes off (fortunately they had their clothes on underneath).
One banker told Here is The City: 'These students are all the same - all talk. Despite all their so-called anger about the financial crisis and the evils of our industry, given the chance most of them would have handed Jamie their resumes!'.