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  • Texas high school silences Valedictorian's microphone during speech on Constitution, report says

    06/08/2013 7:45:18 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 208 replies
    Fox ^ | 06/08/13
    A Texas high school silenced its Valedictorian’s microphone during his speech when he diverted from his pre-approved remarks and instead spoke about the Constitution.
  • Anti-Religion Group Blasts Teen Valedictorian’s Prayer

    06/07/2013 5:50:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies ^ | June 6, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    The Freedom From Religion Foundation blasted what it called the “open defiance” of a valedictorian who delivered The Lord’s Prayer during a high school graduation ceremony last Saturday in South Carolina. Roy Costner, a senior at Liberty High School in Pickens, created national attention when he ripped up his pre-approved graduation speech and instead led the crowd in a recitation of The Lord’s Prayer. A video of the speech was posted on YouTube and has since gone viral. It shows the 18-year-old setting aside his speech. “I think most of you will understand when I say, ‘Our Father, who art...
  • Valedictorian Rips Up Approved Speech on Stage, Recites Lord’s Prayer at Graduation

    06/05/2013 10:54:28 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 117 replies
    Christian News ^ | June 4, 2013 | Editor, Christian News
    PICKENS COUNTY, S.C. – A high school valedictorian from South Carolina ripped up his approved speech on stage this past weekend, and minutes later, delivered the Lord’s Prayer in defiance of the school district’s decision to no longer include prayer at graduation ceremonies. Roy Costner IV drew loud applause and cheers when he surprised attendees of the Liberty High School graduation at Clemson’s Littlejohn Colliseum on Saturday. “From the ACLU sending FOIA requests to every district in the state this year after the Chesterfield County case, then the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent us a complaint about religion at...
  • Teen denied diploma, fined over Native American feather

    06/04/2013 11:44:25 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 209 replies
    QMI AGENCY ^ | June 4, 2013
    An Alabama teenager was denied her high school diploma and fined $1,000 for wearing a feather on her graduation cap to celebrate her Native American heritage. Escambia Academy High School in Atmore, Ala., makes its students and staff sign a pre-graduation contract agreeing not to wear "extraneous items during graduation exercises unless approved by the administration." Chelsey Ramer, 17, tried in vain to get approval to attach an eagle's feather to her graduation cap as a symbol of her Native culture. "They told me that if I wore it that they would pull me off the field," Ramer, a member...
  • (Obama): Graduates, Your Ambition Is the Problem (Altered title)

    05/08/2013 5:26:04 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 15 replies
    WSJ Opinion ^ | 5-7-2013 | Roger Pilon
    (snip) "The Founders left us the keys to a system of self-government," he went on, "the tool to do big and important things together that we could not possibly do alone." And what "big and important things" cannot be done except through government? On the president's list are railroads, the electrical grid, highways, education, health care, charity and more. One imagines a historical vision reaching as far back as the New Deal. Americans "chose to do these things together," he added, "because we know this country cannot accomplish great things if we pursue nothing greater than our own individual ambition."Notice...
  • UGA: Backpacks Won’t Be Allowed At Graduation

    05/01/2013 11:02:22 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 25 replies
    CBs Atlanta ^ | May 1,2013 | CBS Atlanta
    ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – The University of Georgia will ban backpacks in the school’s football stadium during its commencement ceremony on May 10.
  • Carson Willing to Step Down as Commencement Speaker After Protests [Gestapo Tactics!]

    03/29/2013 3:55:21 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 188 replies
    Newsmax ^ | March 29, 2013 | Greg Richter
    Carson Willing to Step Down as Commencement Speaker After Protests 29 Mar 2013 Greg Richter. A pediatric neurosurgeon who has become the darling of conservatives since speaking against nationalized healthcare is now under fire for comments he made about same-sex marriage. Dr. Benjamin Carson told “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on Friday that he would be willing to step down as commencement speaker at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine after faculty and students signed petitions asking that he not speak. “I would say this is their day, and the last thing I would want to do is rain on their...
  • Student defies ACLU at graduation, leads public prayer

    05/21/2011 2:20:41 PM PDT · by Ira_Louvin · 110 replies · 2+ views
    <p>A student who objected to prayer being part of Bastrop High School's 2011 graduation ceremonies enlisted the help of the American Civil Liberties Union. However, another student whose role was to call for a moment of silence during Friday's ceremony led the audience in prayer despite the ACLU objections.</p>
  • Obama to deliver Coast Guard commencement address

    05/18/2011 2:25:43 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 22 replies
    YahooNews ^ | May 18 2011 | DARLENE SUPERVILLE
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is delivering his final commencement address of the season at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
  • Graduation speakers tend to lean to Left: Liberals outnumber conservatives 4 to 1 at commencements

    05/01/2010 11:33:14 AM PDT · by rhema · 23 replies · 583+ views
    Tulane Hullabaloo ^ | 4/16/10 | Mary Kilpatrick released a list this month revealing a strong liberal bias among undergraduate universities’ commencement speakers. The data shows that for every four liberal commencement speakers this spring, there is one conservative speaker. The study looked at 160 universities. Liberal names on the speaking list include Vice President Al Gore, President Bill Clinton, President Barack Obama, Alec Baldwin, Nancy Pelosi, Sonia Sotomayor, Rachel Maddow, David Brooks and First Lady Michelle Obama. “With the Obama administration being in power, obviously more high government officials are liberal,” Communications Director Bonnie Kristian said. “Yet there are an abundance of conservative and libertarian...
  • Indiana School Not Canceling Graduation Prayer Without Judge Order

    04/02/2010 11:18:58 AM PDT · by Outlaw Woman · 67 replies · 1,360+ views
    A central Indiana district isn't calling off a planned high school graduation prayer unless a federal judge orders it. GREENWOOD, Ind. -- A central Indiana district isn't calling off a planned high school graduation prayer unless a federal judge orders it. Greenwood School Board president Joe Farley says the district wants the judge to decide the merits of a lawsuit filed by the school's top-ranked senior. Greenwood High School student Eric Workman is asking a federal judge to stop a student-led prayer that the senior class voted to approve. The lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana...
  • Alexander Solzhenitsyn's Harvard Commencement Address

    02/08/2010 8:30:00 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 29 replies · 770+ views
    American Rhetoric Online Speech Bank ^ | 8 June 1978 | Alexander Solzhenitsyn
    "Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic disease of the 20th century and more than anywhere else this disease is reflected in the press. Such as it is, however, the press has become the greatest power within the Western countries, more powerful than the legislative power, the executive, and the judiciary." "If humanism were right in declaring that man is born only to be happy, he would not be born to die. Since his body is doomed to die, his task on earth evidently must be of a more spiritual nature. It cannot be unrestrained enjoyment of everyday life. It...
  • ACLU wants end to graduations at church

    11/18/2009 2:18:21 PM PST · by surroundedinCT · 30 replies · 927+ views
    Enfield (WTNH) - The ACLU of Connecticut is warning the Enfield school board to stop holding graduation ceremonies at a Bloomfield megachurch, claiming the graduates and their families are unconstitutionally being subjected to religious messages.
  • (Bill) Clinton speaks at graduation of Calif. 8th graders

    06/14/2008 6:45:24 PM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies · 94+ views
    AP ^ | 6/13/2008
    TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — There was far less pomp in these circumstances, but Bill Clinton did give a Southern California commencement speech this week. A lingering labor dispute at UCLA kept the former president from giving a planned talk to thousands of graduates there Friday, but he spoke to all 26 eighth-grade graduates of Riviera Hall Lutheran School in Torrance on Thursday. Clinton's nephew Tyler, son of his brother Roger, is a student at the school. Clinton spoke for about 10 minutes in the school's chapel about the value of education and public service, making no mention of politics at...
  • Bill Clinton cancels commencement speech at UCLA

    06/10/2008 10:12:38 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 29 replies · 119+ views ^ | June 11 2008 | ap
    Bill Clinton on Tuesday canceled a commencement speech at the University of California, Los Angeles, because of a lingering labor dispute. The former president was scheduled to address 4,000 graduating seniors on Friday, but his office said he would not appear because of the long-running rift between the university and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
  • Some stand in protest during Bush commencement speech (video)

    06/01/2008 5:24:07 AM PDT · by chickadee · 28 replies · 344+ views
    Yahoo-CNN ^ | 6/1/08
    Some stand in protest during President Bush's commencement speech at Furman University.
  • Bush at AFA: Speech to liken today's wars with WWII aftermath

    05/27/2008 6:12:57 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 73+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | 5/27/08 | AP
    The White House says President Bush will liken the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to conditions in Germany and Japan after World War II when he speaks at the Air Force Academy graduation on Wednesday. In excerpts from his prepared remarks released today, Bush said it took time and patience to rebuild those nations, but it paid off when they became prosperous U.S. allies. "And we have reaped the benefits in generations of security and peace," Bush said in the prepared remarks. "Today we must do the same in Afghanistan and Iraq, and by helping these young democracies grow in...
  • Jessica Lange compares Iraq to Vietnam in Sarah Lawrence graduation speech

    05/23/2008 5:11:34 PM PDT · by angcat · 53 replies · 4,829+ views
    YONKERS - During a Sarah Lawrence College graduation speech she apologetically admitted was filled with "random" thoughts in lieu of a theme, Oscar-winning actress Jessica Lange received thunderous applause from students after comparing America's troubled role in Iraq with its troubled role in Vietnam when she was their age. "History repeats itself," she told them today, repeatedly tucking her messy blonde hair behind her ears. "It is a heavy burden to inherit." Lange, whose daughter Hannah Jane Shepard was among the 435 seniors and graduate students in black caps and gowns at the liberal arts college's 79th commencement, urged the...
  • Wesleyan closes commencement for Obama address

    05/24/2008 5:05:40 AM PDT · by Puppage · 10 replies · 189+ views
    WTNH Television ^ | 5/24/08 | Puppage
    Middletown (WTNH) _ Wesleyan University will be breaking from tradition this year by closing their commencement ceremony to the public. The decision came after it was announced that Barack Obama will deliver the commencement address. Wesleyan will issue a limited number of tickets to each graduate. In the past, the ceremony had been open to the public and seating was first-come, first-served. Security will be increased for Sunday's graduation. Secret Service agents will be on hand for the ceremony, as will Middletown police officers and state troopers. Graduates will also have to pass through a metal detector before taking their...
  • Gates Extols Public Service to VMI Graduates

    05/16/2008 4:41:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 75+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 16, 2008 – America needs dedicated public servants now more than ever, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told graduates at the Virginia Military Institute, in Lexington, Va., today. Gates congratulated the 246 graduates of the state military college on their accomplishments and said the institute has taught them lessons on the importance of public service and duty to their fellow citizens. “For generations, VMI has graduated young people ready to raise their right hands and defend their homeland,” the secretary said. “This is something to be grateful for in any time period, but never more so than in...
  • Furman University professors, students sign statement opposing Bush visit

    05/12/2008 11:21:28 AM PDT · by aomagrat · 42 replies · 206+ views
    WIS TV ^ | May 12, 2008 | AP
    COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - More than 200 students and faculty members at Furman University have signed a statement protesting President Bush's visit to speak at the South Carolina school's commencement later this month. Bush is scheduled to speak at Furman's graduation ceremonies May 31. The 222 co-signers say in a statement on the school's Web site that they object to the president's visit for several reasons, including the war in Iraq. They also cite the administration's "obstructing progress on reducing greenhouse gases while favoring billions in tax breaks and subsidies to oil companies that are earning record profits." English professor...
  • Students Protest Commencement Speakers | By Jamal Watson

    05/10/2008 6:01:35 AM PDT · by Lumbertonman · 4 replies · 379+ views
    Diverse Issues in Higher Education ^ | May 4, 2008 | Jamal Watson
    Controversies Crop Up Around Commencement Speaker Selections by Jamal Watson May 5, 2008, 22:24 Earlier this year, NAACP chairman Julian Bond journeyed to the U.S. Supreme Court to interview Justice Clarence Thomas. The event was somewhat historic, in part because Bond — a staunch supporter of affirmative action and other social programs — has long been a critic of the policies and positions espoused by Thomas. But now, both of these historic figures in Black history are the subjects of much scrutiny as they prepare to deliver commencement speeches this month at two East Coast universities. A group of conservative...
  • AlGore to speak at Carnegie Mellon commencement

    04/16/2008 3:17:24 PM PDT · by JeffChrz · 37 replies · 192+ views
    Carnegie Mellon ^ | 4/16/2008 | CM PR
    Vice President, Environmental Leader to Address Carnegie Mellon Grads Former U.S. Vice President and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore will address Carnegie Mellon's 2008 graduates at the university's 111th commencement ceremony this May. "We are very pleased that Al Gore, the nation's leading advocate for the environment, will speak to our graduates at commencement," said Carnegie Mellon President Jared L. Cohon. "He is an inspiring and committed leader, whose beliefs fit well with our university, an institution committed to sustainable, green practices. His impassioned campaigns have led him to some of the world's greatest honors. And we are...
  • Campus commencements lean to left

    09/02/2003 11:49:34 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 271+ views ^ | Wednesday, September 3, 2003 | By Jon Dougherty
    A new report has found liberal speakers outnumber conservative voices at the nation's top universities' graduation ceremonies by a wide margin, confirming to campus critics that students are bombarded with one-sided political points of view. The Center for the Study of Popular Culture, which examined the political views of commencement speakers at the nation's elite colleges and universities, found those with liberal ideas outnumbered conservative speakers 226-15 over a 10-year period. "Commencement speakers at 32 top colleges and universities, including all Ivy League schools, were tracked over a 10-year period and were identified as belonging to one of five categories:...
  • Freedom and Its Counterfeit

    08/19/2003 2:26:44 PM PDT · by harpu · 134+ views ^ | May 10, 2003 | Robert P. George
    Robert P. George delivered the following commencement address to the Hillsdale College Class of 2003 on May 10 in the George Roche Health Education and Sports Complex. Following the speech, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science. - - - - - - - - - - It is a great honor to have the opportunity to address you this afternoon and to join the ranks of the honorary alumni of this eminent institution. To those who are graduating today, and to their families, I offer congratulations for all that you have achieved, and best wishes as you grasp...
  • OMG, UNBELIEVABLE: Wellesley College 1969 Student Commencement Speech of Hillary D. Rodham

    Wellesley College 1969 Student Commencement Speech Hillary D. Rodham May 31, 1969 Ruth M. Adams, ninth president of Wellesley College, introduced Hillary D. Rodham, '69, at the 91st commencement exercises, as follows: In addition to inviting Senator Brooke to speak to them this morning, the Class of '69 has expressed a desire to speak to them and for them at this morning's commencement. There was no debate so far as I could ascertain as to who their spokesman was to be -- Miss Hillary Rodham. Member of this graduating class, she is a major in political science and a candidate...
  • Hail to Thee, [Insert College Name Here]

    05/23/2003 6:30:50 PM PDT · by rhema · 6 replies · 134+ views
    CNS News ^ | 5/23/03 | David Burge [FR's IowaHawk]
    (Editor's Note: Graduation season has nearly passed, and columnist David Burge has yet again not been invited to deliver a single convocation. Given the prevailing low standards for graduation speakers such as Cynthia McKinney, Phil Donahue and Chris Hedges, we find this surprising, particularly because when it comes to low standards, nobody can match Mr. Burge.) Thank you, President [insert name here], honored graduates, esteemed faculty, indebted parents and fidgety, watch-monitoring guests. It is indeed a great honor and privilege to speak to you today, as [name of college] is widely known as "the Athens of [local area]" and...
  • "Don't Tell Me What I Can't Do," Says Disabled Valedictorian in Louisiana

    05/23/2003 6:00:43 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 24 replies · 328+ views
    The Alexandria, LA, Daily Town Talk ^ | 05-23-03 | Crooks, Sarah
    <p>He made a 32 on the ACT.</p> <p>He has a 4.0 grade-point average.</p> <p>He'll be honored tonight as one of Tioga High School's valedictorians of the class of 2003.</p> <p>But Damein Delrie started his academic career in special-education classes.</p> <p>"Back then, if you had a disability, they automatically put you in special ed," said Damein, 17. "It was the only way they had to meet your needs."</p>
  • When life is just a bowl of beans (Booing For NY Times Reporter)

    05/23/2003 2:25:52 AM PDT · by kattracks · 28 replies · 268+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 5/23/03 | Wesley Pruden
    <p>Freedom of speech is like a plate of red beans and rice. Some people prefer ham hocks in the beans, and some people don't.</p> <p>Chris Hedges, a colossal jerk who is a reporter at the New York Times (naturally), was booed off the stage when he ruined the commencement at Rockford College in Illinois with a rant against his country.</p>
  • Another View: College students again subjected to left-wing propaganda at graduation

    05/22/2003 4:06:57 AM PDT · by kattracks · 2 replies · 276+ views
    Union Leader ^ | 5/22/03 | SHAWN MACOMBER
    THE LATEST BUMP in the long road of human evolution is a troubling one. Every year fewer and fewer Americans are born with internal tackiness detectors that used to be standard issue, as anyone who has been to a college graduation during the last five years can attest. I first remember noticing this DNA variation when then-Vice President Al Gore gave a commencement speech to the class of 1999 at the University of New Hampshire. Gore started off with a short congratulations, and then dove headlong into a thinly veiled campaign speech about handgun violence and how the nanny can...
  • Bush Criticizes Europe for Impeding U.S. Policies

    05/21/2003 11:59:51 AM PDT · by fightinJAG · 3 replies · 178+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 21, 2003 | Staff
    Bush Criticizes Europe for Impeding U.S. Policies Wed May 21, 2003 01:28 PM ET By Adam Entous NEW LONDON, Conn. (Reuters) - President Bush accused Europe on Wednesday of impeding U.S. efforts to combat famine and poverty in Africa and beyond, increasing transatlantic tensions already strained by the Iraq war. At a rain-soaked commencement ceremony for the Coast Guard Academy, Bush also sought to reassure anxious Americans a day after the government raised its terror alert status to the second-highest level, citing the risk of attacks on American soil after bombings in Saudi Arabia and Morocco. Less than three weeks...
  • Bush hopes U.S. generosity will burnish image overseas

    05/21/2003 10:41:25 AM PDT · by Brian S · 10 replies · 180+ views
    <p>President Bush showcased the softer side of U.S. foreign policy Wednesday, telling U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduates that fighting AIDS, poverty and hunger represent vital American interests even as he pledged to press on with the war against terrorism.</p> <p>A day after the government moved the nation's threat status to its second-highest level, Bush promised that "America will not relent in the war against global terror."</p>
  • Text of the Rockford College graduation speech by Chris Hedges

    05/21/2003 1:55:32 PM PDT · by dixiechick2000 · 48 replies · 1,239+ views
    Rockford Register Star ^ | Wednesday, May 21, 2003 | Chris Hedges
    <p>I want to speak to you today about war and empire.</p> <p>Killing, or at least the worst of it, is over in Iraq. Although blood will continue to spill -- theirs and ours -- be prepared for this. For we are embarking on an occupation that, if history is any guide, will be as damaging to our souls as it will be to our prestige, power, and security. But this will come later as our empire expands and in all this we become pariahs, tyrants to others weaker than ourselves. Isolation always impairs judgment and we are very isolated now.</p>
  • President Bush Live, Commencement speech for the Coast Guard

    05/21/2003 8:07:10 AM PDT · by Jewels1091 · 93 replies · 242+ views
    Fox News | 5/21/03 | President Bush
    President Bush will start to speak soon for the Commencement Speech to the Coast Guard, it will be live on Fox News.
  • Liberals Dominate Spring Commencement Exercises at Top Universities

    05/20/2003 2:35:12 PM PDT · by Remedy · 30 replies · 519+ views
    Young America’s Foundation ^ | MAY 20, 2003 | Rick Parsons
    HERNDON, VA – A survey released today by Young America’s Foundation indicates top colleges and universities across the nation overwhelmingly choose liberal speakers for commencement exercises.Using U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of the top 50 colleges and top 50 universities in the country, Young America’s Foundation has found for the tenth consecutive year that commencement speakers at these elite schools are heavily weighted to the left. Commenting on the annual study, Young America’s Foundation President Ron Robinson explained, "For ten years, we’ve shown that college administrators have used commencement ceremonies to send their students off with one more predictable...
  • Clinton Accuses Bush of Focusing Too Much on the War on Terrorism

    05/20/2003 9:41:49 AM PDT · by fightinJAG · 58 replies · 392+ views
    Talon News via gopuse ^ | May 20, 2003 | Jimmy Moore
    Clinton Accuses Bush of Focusing Too Much on the War on Terrorism By Jimmy Moore Talon News May 20, 2003 JACKSON, MS (Talon News) -- During a commencement speech at Tougaloo College, Former President Bill Clinton criticized President Bush for devoting too much time to the war on terrorism compared to domestic issues such as the economy and affirmative action. "I supported the president when he asked for authority to stand up against weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but we can't be forever strong abroad if we don't keep getting better at home," said Clinton on Sunday to nearly...
  • Ralliers trade barbs, cheers outside Cheney MIZZOU speech

    05/20/2003 6:57:33 AM PDT · by rface · 5 replies · 265+ views
    Columbia, MIssouri Daily Tribune ^ | Monday, May 19, 2003 | DIDI TANG
    Grace Jones of St. Peters didn’t expect that her hand-held video camera would be used to capture scenes other than her nephew’s graduation yesterday. Vice President Dick Cheney speaks yesterday to graduates of the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources at the Hearnes Center. Standing at the southeast corner of Stadium Boulevard and Mick Deaver Memorial Drive, however, Jones shot pictures of two local groups, one denouncing Vice President Dick Cheney and the other welcoming him to Columbia. Cheney was the commencement speaker at the University of Missouri-Columbia’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. more...
  • Speaker disrupts RC graduation [NY Times Reporter Chris Hedges & his anti-war diatribe]

    05/20/2003 7:09:09 AM PDT · by SlickWillard · 49 replies · 296+ views
    The Rockford Register Star ^ | May 20,2003 | Carrie Watters
    <p>A New York Times reporter delivers an antiwar speech that offended many.</p> <p>ROCKFORD — New York Times reporter Chris Hedges was booed off the stage Saturday at Rockford College’s graduation because he gave an antiwar speech.</p> <p>Two days later, graduates and family members, envisioning a “go out and make your mark” send-off, are still reeling.</p>
  • Caption This: Hillary At Pace U. Graduation

    05/19/2003 5:39:57 PM PDT · by Gritty · 83 replies · 266+ views
    Yahoo ^ | May 19, 2003
    Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., left, ducks down as Pace University President David A. Caputo places the hood representing her honorary degree over her head during commencement ceremonies in Pleasantville, N.Y., Monday, May 19, 2003. Clinton received an honorary doctorate of humane letters and also spoke at the graduation ceremonies. (AP Photo/Pace University, Ray Stubblebine)
  • Lange Lets Loose Against Bush Again in Commencement Address (Jessica is at it again)

    05/19/2003 9:38:42 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 64 replies · 731+ views
    MRC ^ | Monday May 19, 2003 | BrentBaker
    Actress Jessica Lange used her commencement address at Marlboro College in Vermont on Sunday, from which her daughter was graduating, to denounce the Bush administration. The Rutland Herald reported that "she likened the war in Iraq to Richard Nixon's 'ruthless' bombing of Vietnam. She said executive orders and judicial appointments were eroding women's rights." The Brattleboro Reformer relayed how she charged: "'Once again, the poorest and most disadvantage are the ones being left behind,' she said, a play on the title of the Bush administration's education law, No Child Left Behind." ...Sunday afternoon commencement in Marlboro, Vermont, an excerpt from...
  • Protesters Walk Out on Santorum Commencement Speech

    05/19/2003 10:54:48 AM PDT · by smokinleroy · 27 replies · 133+ views
    A.P. via FoxNews site ^ | 5/19/03 | Author not listed
    <p>PHILADELPHIA — About one in every eight graduates walked out of Sunday's commencement at Saint Joseph's University before the keynote address by Sen. Rick Santorum who recently infuriated gay groups and others with derogatory remarks about homosexual behavior.</p> <p>Santorum, the Senate's third-ranking Republican, didn't mention the walkout or the controversy directly.</p>
  • Ithaca College Commencement: Ben & Jerry's co-founder causes a stir

    05/19/2003 1:24:46 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 74 replies · 509+ views
    Ithaca Journal ^ | Originally published Monday, May 19, 2003 | By DAN HIGGINS
    <p>ITHACA -- Ithaca College's 108th Commencement Exercise saw degrees conferred on 1,350 graduates. One of the commencement speakers, Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream co-founder Ben Cohen, was cheered and also booed when he criticized national spending priorities and the war in Iraq during his address to the graduates.</p>
  • Clinton Assails Bush at Commencement Talk

    05/19/2003 5:41:31 AM PDT · by shhrubbery! · 102 replies · 368+ views
    AP ^ | 5/19/03 | BARBARA POWELL
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Former President Bill Clinton accused President Bush of spending more time fighting the war on terrorism than on domestic issues during a commencement speech at Tougaloo College. "I supported the president when he asked for authority to stand up against weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but we can't be forever strong abroad if we don't keep getting better at home," Clinton said Sunday to a crowd of about 8,000. Clinton also criticized Bush's position on affirmative action and tax cuts just two days after the President formally kicked off his re-election campaign. Clinton stayed for...
  • Postwar issues on podium at Tufts (UN Whiner Mohamed ElBaradei Alert)

    05/19/2003 6:19:14 AM PDT · by Lance Romance · 210+ views
    Boston Globe | 5/19/2003 | Benjamin Gedan
    Postwar issues on podium at Tufts By Benjamin Gedan, Globe Correspondent, 5/19/2003 EDFORD - If the United States discovers weapons of mass destruction in Iraq without a United Nations inspections team, the findings could be disputed by other countries, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said in an interview yesterday. ''There would definitely be people who would doubt the conclusion,'' Mohamed ElBaradei, the agency's director general, said before addressing graduates of Tufts University's Fletcher School. ''If they want credible information, it will have to come from an international organization,'' he said. ''That is why it is in the...
  • MS Commencement Speech: Clinton Warns War on Terrorism Eclipsing Domestic Issues

    05/19/2003 6:34:23 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 16 replies · 262+ views
    Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger ^ | 05-19-03 | Kanengiser, Andy
    <p>America's war on terrorism is eclipsing such critical domestic issues as education, health care and battles against poverty, former President Bill Clinton said Sunday in a commencement speech at Tougaloo College.</p> <p>"While we are making progress abroad fighting terrorism, I'm not sure we are making enough progress at home right now,'' Clinton told the Class of 2003 at the historically black college just outside Jackson.</p>
  • Protesters Walk Out on Santorum Speech

    05/19/2003 1:12:01 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 18 replies · 159+ views
    Associated Press (via The New York Times) ^ | May 18, 2003 | BILL BERGSTROM
    May 18, 2003 Protesters Walk Out on Santorum SpeechBy THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Filed at 6:10 p.m. ETPHILADELPHIA (AP) -- About one in every eight graduates walked out of Sunday's commencement at Saint Joseph's University before the keynote address by Sen. Rick Santorum, who recently infuriated gay groups and others with derogatory remarks about homosexual behavior.Santorum, the Senate's third-ranking Republican, didn't mention the walkout or the controversy directly.``We are all called to love one another, even people we disagree with, even people who hate us for what we believe,'' he said.Students were offered an opportunity to leave before Santorum was...
  • Be heroes, not victims, Justice Thomas tells UGA grads (Gets standing O)

    05/18/2003 10:32:51 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies · 1,111+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | May 18, 2003 | ANDREA JONES
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas told University of Georgia Law School graduates to become heroes, not victims, in a commencement speech Saturday that touched on his own challenges as a young lawyer. Thomas said that after graduating from Yale Law School in 1974, he faced an uphill battle finding work in the South. "I was rejected by every law firm in Atlanta. . . . I watched my dream of going back to Savannah evaporate," he told the crowd gathered at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens. "It didn't seem to matter that I had tried so hard." Thomas said he...
  • Former President Bill Clinton Speaks at Black College(for free)

    05/18/2003 8:47:24 PM PDT · by WKB · 71 replies · 401+ views
    Jackson, Miss. (WJTV) ^ | 2-18-03 | By Rodney Dunigan
    An air of patriotism covered the campus of Tougaloo College Sunday, as graduates were given a special gift. Former President, Bill Clinton as the commencement speaker. "It's such an honor because Tougaloo is just a wonderful institution," said graduate, Shani Collins. Collins, who comes from a long line of Tougaloo grads, six family members to be exact says Clinton's visit reflects how special the small historically black college is. "Tougaloo is a diamond in the rough," said Collins. Those sentiments were shared by the former president, who praised the school for it's many years of educating African-American youth and it's...
  • Graduates Warned Of Cliches

    05/18/2003 6:22:14 PM PDT · by vavavah · 9 replies · 230+ views
    Hartford courant / ^ | 05/18/03 | ROSELYN TANTRAPHOL
    Graduates Warned Of Cliches May 18, 2003 By ROSELYN TANTRAPHOL, Courant Staff Writer HAMDEN -- Don Hewitt, executive producer of the news magazine show "60 Minutes," rallied Quinnipiac University graduates Saturday to steer clear of the sling-fest that has developed with the political labels of "liberal" and "conservative." "Once they were meaningful adjectives," he said. "Today, they are little more than meaningless epithets - and how shallow our knack for expressing ourselves that whenever honest differences divide us, we invariably resort to hurling one of those two epithets at someone we don't like." "Frankly, I liked it better when we...
  • Protesters Leave Sen. Santorum Address

    05/18/2003 5:29:50 PM PDT · by jwalburg · 58 replies · 366+ views
    AP ^ | May 18, 2003 | BILL BERGSTROM
    PHILADELPHIA - About one in every eight graduates walked out of Sunday's commencement at Saint Joseph's University before the keynote address by Sen. Rick Santorum, who recently infuriated gay groups and others with derogatory remarks about homosexual behavior. Santorum, the Senate's third-ranking Republican, didn't mention the walkout or the controversy directly. "We are all called to love one another, even people we disagree with, even people who hate us for what we believe," he said. Students were offered an opportunity to leave before Santorum was introduced to receive an honorary degree and make his speech, and about 100 graduates walked...