Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Gets Booed Delivering Commencement Speech

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was booed by the crowd Wednesday while delivering the commencement speech at Bethune-Cookman University. Students as well as alumni felt she had no place to deliver a speech at the historically black university.

Students stood with their backs toward her while she delivered remarks. Then hecklers began to drown her out.

DeVos told the crowd, “While we will undoubtedly disagree at times, I hope we can do so respectfully. Let’s choose to hear one another out. I want to reaffirm this administration’s commitment to and support for (historically black colleges and universities) and the students they serve.”

Students petitioned her speech following remarks that founders of historically black colleges and universities were “real pioneers” of school choice. HBCUs were founded during segregation, when black students were barred from attending white colleges in the South and beyond. She has since recanted those remarks.


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