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As More Speakers Get the Boot, Who’s Left to Send off Graduates?

May 14, 2014

By Eric Westervelt and Juana Summers at NPR

Graduation Season? More like Disinvitation Season.

As students across the country prepare for pomp and circumstance, college and university administrators are grappling with a series of commencement speech boondoggles.

This year alone, nearly a dozen big-name commencement speakers — including the head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice — have been invited to speak at graduation ceremonies, only to withdraw or have their invitations rescinded in the wake of campus protests...

Cases: Nationwide: Colleges Across the Country Disinvite Commencement Speakers