Graduates at Historically Black College Disrupt Betsy DeVos Commencement Speech

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Published on May 11,2017
by InTheBlack
Graduating seniors at Bethune-Cookman University turned their backs in protest against US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos at the start of her commencement speech at the historically black institution. Some graduating students shouted "Liar!" and "Just go," as she powered through her speech on Wednesday at the Florida university. "Let's choose to hear one another out," DeVos said, reading her prepared text in a measured tone despite continuing waves of boos, catcalls and scattered applause. As the crowd kept trying to shout her down, university president Edison Jackson briefly took over the microphone to sternly lecture the class of 2017. "If this behaviour continues, your degrees will be mailed to you. Choose which way you want to go," Jackson warned.
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