On Some Campuses, Commencement Speakers Not Welcome

May 17, 2014

By Mary Beth Marklein at USA Today

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education calls it "disinvitation season" – the annual spring standoff between college commencement speakers and the graduating seniors (and others) who will be in the audience.

Former U.S. secretary of State Condoleezza Rice won't be speaking at Rutgers University Sunday. Students and faculty objected to her role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde won't be appearing at Smith College's commencement exercises Sunday. An online petition at the women's college had called for her ouster, saying she represents a "corrupt system" that oppresses and abuses women in developing countries...

Cases: Nationwide: Colleges Across the Country Disinvite Commencement Speakers