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At Top 100 Schools, Only One Will Feature Commencement Speech From a Republican

At Top 100 Schools, Only One Will Feature Commencement Speech From a Republican

“Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s scheduled address to Miami University-Ohio students is the only one representing any conservative view”

This is one reason that taxpayers should laugh when anyone suggests free college. Half of America isn’t even welcome on most campuses.

The Federalist reports:

Among Top 100 Schools, Only One Republican To Give Commencement Speech

Only one of the so-called top 100 universities in the United States chose a Republican to speak at its commencement address, according to a report by the Young America’s Foundation.

The YAF survey noted that, although there were speakers from many different fields such as politics, business, entertainment, and media, there is a lack of political representation in all of the choices for commencement addresses.

Despite other elected officials such as “New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver (New Jersey Institute of Technology), Colorado Governor Jared Polis (Colorado School of Mines), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (University of Maryland), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (Northwestern University)” asked to speak at various universities, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s scheduled address to Miami University-Ohio students is the only one representing any conservative view or diversity in speaker politics.

Although Senior Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump had been invited to give an address at Wichita State University Tech, she was later dropped from their program, and the only member of the Trump administration to be invited to speak anywhere. This draws a strong contrast to the “dozens of commencement addresses delivered by members of the Obama administration, including 15 in 2015 and 11 in 2016” as seen in previous YAF speaker surveys.


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The lack of Conservative thinkers at commencements is a direct reflection of Conservative thought during the preceding years of “education.” It is a symptom of a much wider intellectual disease. It has no other significance.

Apparently I’m one of those intellectually deficient “conservative thinkers” because the above post makes no sense at all to me.

Well, My comment would be: what has any Republican done at this time to deserve the honor to speak?

At least the Leftists have been focused and thorough in achieving their goals.

The DNC voters know that the politicians they voted for will follow through on their leftist platforms.

The GOP has sat on their hands letting the POTUS fight the battle alone. I dislike them worse than the Dems.

    rscalzo in reply to vmax71. | June 17, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    Goals is a bit misleading. they themselves have no clue of their goals. They simply mimic others and join in. Running through the streets with a message someone else designed for them a goal?

They have a lot more to worry about than who will speak at their nonexistent graduation.

“”Colleges With Empty Campuses Face an Uncertain Financial Future
Endowments are under pressure, and schools don’t know how many freshmen will come to campus in autumn.””

Even the richest schools, with immense demand and strong brands, face challenges. Their endowments, which had recently been at record-high values, are in jeopardy as markets go into free fall. Since most endowments don’t report annual returns until autumn, it’s unclear how steep those losses will be. In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis—the nearest parallel to the current moment—both the Harvard and Yale endowments lost around 25% over 12 months. Colleges are giving refunds for room and board, since their students were told to leave campuses. Fundraising is another concern as reunions, crucial for tapping alumni, are being scrapped.

Moody’s Investors Service last month downgraded the credit outlook for the higher education sector to negative. Along with disruptions in enrollment and philanthropy, schools may also see a drop-off in research grants and contracts. And then there’s falling demand from foreign students, who often pay higher tuition. They account for about 5% of total college and university enrollment, according to Moody’s.

As many as 1 in 5 small private colleges is facing serious financial stress, according to a Moody’s analysis.
Enrollments are declining, particularly in the Northeast and Midwest, due to changing demographics, tuition price wars and greater emphasis on career training.
Schools that have survived are making tough choices, including mergers, curriculum changes and budget cuts.