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Betsy DeVos Gets Standing Ovation for Commencement Speech Despite Protests

Betsy DeVos Gets Standing Ovation for Commencement Speech Despite Protests

“The warm welcome was in stark contrast to the disapproving crowds DeVos encountered last year”

No one gave Obama’s education secretary a second thought but DeVos has been an object of the left’s hatred of Trump. She recently got a great reception for a commencement speech, however.

The College Fix reports:

Despite protest, Betsy DeVos grad speech draws standing ovation from students

There’s this famous story about how Barbara Bush in 1990 won over her critics through her commencement speech at Wellesley College. Initially, many students had protested her as speaker. But in the end, the First Lady wowed the grads with her words of wisdom, earning their respect and praise.

That’s similar to what just happened with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.*

Last month, some Ave Maria University alumni called on their alma mater to rescind its invitation to DeVos to speak at the commencement ceremony, suggesting “Mrs. DeVos’s policies are callous and unjust towards marginalized persons,” the Naples Daily News reports.

Well, whatever negative vibes those objections might have projected onto the graduating seniors was nullified by DeVos’ words of wisdom to grads a few days ago, during which she called on the students to embrace their new lives with the heart of a servant.

Citing Mother Teresa, Pope Saint John Paul II and Jesus Christ as examples, the education secretary brought the students to their feet with cheers and applause, earning the embattled leader a standing ovation, according to several news reports.

“The speech earned DeVos a standing ovation from the roughly 230 undergraduate students and their families and friends,” reports WMAZ Channel 13. “The warm welcome was in stark contrast to the disapproving crowds DeVos encountered last year while speaking at the commencement ceremonies of Daytona Beach’s Bethune-Cookman University, where she was booed, and the University of Baltimore, where students turned their backs.”

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Comments

Close The Fed | May 8, 2018 at 4:29 pm

Progress.

healthguyfsu | May 8, 2018 at 8:22 pm

Bethune Cookman…what an absolute crapshow of an HBCU

The left is not giving her a chance because she wants to hold schools responsible for actual education. This woman was smeared as some sort of novice, when in fact she has been actively working on black American educational issues for 18 years.

That’s all fine and good, but we really need to shut the Dept of Education down. There is no valid reason for the federal government to be messing around in education whatsoever. They’re doing nothing but wasting money, entrenching the crony-capitalist hogs, and fucking the whole system up worse than it was before they came in the “fix” it. Shut ‘er down.

Juba Doobai! | May 9, 2018 at 10:13 pm

Ave Maria has opened sometime in the past few decades. It was supposed to be a conservative RC university. They seemed to have turned into Notre Dame pretty quickly, going by the rhetoric of the students.

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