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Dropout Rates On The Rise Among Commencement Speakers

May 23, 2014

By Jackie Rooney at The Florida Times Union

The college dropout rate is rising among commencement speakers. It’s a win-win. Inviting a political celebrity to talk at graduation often stirs debate and provides valuable publicity. When a famous speaker is disinvited or withdraws, the school saves huge speaker fees and gets a second round of publicity. It’s a growing trend. Research by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education found that at least 145 commencement speakers have dropped out since 1987; 100 since 2009...

Cases: Nationwide: Colleges Across the Country Disinvite Commencement Speakers