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Condoleezza Rice latest graduation speaker to back out amid protests
Condoleezza Rice latest graduation speaker to back out amid protests

Ah, commencement season, time for pomp, circumstance and controversy. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has become the latest public figure embroiled in a commencement spat, announcing Saturday that she would not give the graduation address at Rutgers University this month because of protests. She joins a list of those whose selection as a graduation speaker has raised a ruckus, including Eric H. Holder Jr., James Franco, Meg Whitman, Ben Stein and Dustin Lance Black. Rice’s reversal leaves Rutgers with two weeks to get a replacement. Some Rutgers students and faculty groups had opposed the choice of Rice as speaker because they criticized her high-level role during...

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