It’s Commencement Protest Season

Since colleges and universities are coming to the end of the 2011-2012 school year, that means it’s time for commencement protests to begin. Here are some commencement speakers and the reasons given for the irritation they provoke among students:

Pat Boone, Adrian College (homophobe, birther)

Mitt Romney, Liberty University (Mormons not real Christians)

John Brennan, Fordham (war criminal)

President Obama, Columbia (war criminal)

Victoria Kennedy, Anna Maria College (pro-gay-marriage, pro-abortion)

Michael Bloomberg, Univ. of North Carolina (evicted Wall St. Occupiers)

Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell, Christopher Newport U. (anti-gay-marriage, anti-abortion)

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Gonzaga (pro-abortion)

Antonin Scalia, Honorary degree, RPI (homophobe, sexist)

Geoffrey Canada, U. of Pennsylvania (not famous enough)


  • John Leo

    John Leo is the editor of Minding the Campus, dedicated to chronicling imbalances within higher education and restoring intellectual pluralism to our American universities. His popular column, "On Society," ran in U.S.News & World Report for 17 years.

2 thoughts on “It’s Commencement Protest Season

  1. Umm, as an RPI student, please add “scientifically illiterate” to the reasons we think our technological institute shouldn’t give Scalia an honorary degree.

  2. Actually, the invitation to Victoria Kennedy was rescinded after objections from their Bishop. She will, however, be speaking at Boston College Law.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *