Campus Throwdown: Students Are Forcing out Graduation Speakers

May 15, 2014

By Matt Pearce at Los Angeles Times

With a few exceptions, most graduation speeches are forgettable: Work hard. Chase your dreams. Don’t give up.

But the most forgettable graduation speech of all is the one that never happens, which seems to be happening more and more these days.

At least three prominent leaders — former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, and former UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau — cancelled their commencement speeches this spring after a typhoon of campus activism...

Cases: Nationwide: Colleges Across the Country Disinvite Commencement Speakers