April 13, 2010

On Politicians and Commencement Speeches

So our college will be featuring a former president as its commencement speaker this year. He will also be getting an honorary degree. I understand why the school would want to do this - it'll bring it money and attention, and I could even buy the argument that that will bring it more students. But as a general matter I think it's a questionable idea that is unfair to to the students, friends, and families in attendance who are deeply opposed to the politician who is speaking, whoever that politician might be. And if a school brings in one politician, and forces the whole crowd to sit there while they speak, before they get their diplomas, well who is to say that for another commencement they might not bring in another politician?

Posted by armand at April 13, 2010 07:22 PM | TrackBack | Posted to The Academy

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