It’s Commencement Season – Toss out the Speaker

May 18, 2014

By Karen Heller at

Commencement is where free speech goes to die. Graduation has become an occasion of opposition leading to a speaker's withdrawal or being disinvited. You're invited, we're honored, now go. It's pomp and circumvent.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice canceled plans to address graduates at Rutgers' commencement Sunday after faculty challenged the invitation. The student government vigorously debated the matter - great, that's the aim of education - and decided to welcome her, but the damage was done...