Saturday, February 6, 2016

Some don't want Christie to speak at graduation

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.

Some don't want Christie to speak at graduation

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N.J. Gov. Chris Christie speaks at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Mass. last Friday. (AP Photo / Elise Amendola)

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."

I will note that being upset about the choice of politicians as commencement speakers has become as American as writing HIRE ME in masking tape on the top of graduation caps. When I graduated from George Washington University, a bunch of people got up as soon as the commencement speaker, then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, got up to speak. It will be interesting to see if there are similar acts of defiance planned at Seton Hall, even if any such walk-out would probably not bother the gov in the least.

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