Gov. Christie is the commencement speaker at his law school alma mater, Seton Hall, on May 16, and that is not sitting well with some students and faculty, according to The Setonian student newspaper.
"Basically, the general feeling among students is disappointment," Joseph DePierro, dean of the College of Education and Human Services, told the newspaper. "The day is supposed to be about the students, not the governor."
Speaking of Christie's cuts in education funding, which has led to teacher layoffs, DiPierro noted the irony: "Someone who is making it difficult for (the graduates) to get a job is speaking as they're getting their diplomas."
Even the student singing the national anthem at the commencement is unhappy. Senior Sally Hourigan said: "I don't think it was the best idea for Seton Hall to choose such a divisive figure."