After Protests, Condoleezza Rice Cancels Rutgers Address
She was supposed to give the commencement speech later this month
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2014 9:33 AM CDT
Condoleezza Rice won't be speaking at Rutgers after all.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

(Newser) – Rutgers needs a new commencement speaker in a hurry. Condoleezza Rice announced today that she is withdrawing from the May 18 ceremony after students and faculty protested her selection, reports the National Review. "Commencement should be a time of joyous celebration for the graduates and their families," said Rice in a statement picked up by the Star-Ledger. "Rutgers’ invitation to me to speak has become a distraction for the university community at this very special time."

The move comes after students staged a sit-in at an administration building this week, carrying signs with messages such as "No honors for war criminals." Also, the university's faculty approved a resolution criticizing Rice's role as secretary of state in the run-up to the Iraq war, accusing her of being part of an “effort to mislead the American people about the presence of weapons of mass destruction.” A "teach-in" protest was scheduled to take place on Tuesday.

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May 4, 2014 8:59 PM CDT
Good for her. The way the racist left attacks any republican is despicable, the way they attack conservatives of color is sickening. I do not blame her
May 4, 2014 12:41 PM CDT
I almost feel sorry for Con Rice. She should have never associated herself with The Decider Bush. How many lives has Decider Bush destroyed? His administration was an ignominious failure.
May 4, 2014 11:38 AM CDT
Its their loss. To me she is 'King of the Hill', ' Top of the Heap ', ' A Number One '. Even if they don't agree with her policies she is still a wealth of knowledge. This is why communists are so easy to control, because they can't handle the truth.