Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice decides not to give Rutgers commencement speech – ‘…become a distraction…’ – click to read her statement

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(FNC James Rosen sent me this)

Statement by Condoleezza Rice regarding

Rutgers University Commencement

 

Professor Rice has informed President Barchi at Rutgers University that she has decided not to deliver the commencement address at its ceremony. Below is a statement from Professor Rice:

 

“Commencement should be a time of joyous celebration for the graduates and their families. Rutgers’ invitation to me to speak has become a distraction for the university community at this very special time.

 

I am honored to have served my country. I have defended America’s belief in free speech and the exchange of ideas. These values are essential to the health of our democracy. But that is not what is at issue here. As a Professor for thirty years at Stanford University and as it’s former Provost and Chief academic officer, I understand and embrace the purpose of the commencement ceremony and I am simply unwilling to detract from it in any way.

 

Good luck to the graduates and congratulations to the families, friends and loved ones who will gather to honor them.”

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