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University of Baltimore Graduates Turn Their Backs To DeVos During Commencement Speech

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University of Baltimore Graduates Turn Their Backs To DeVos During Commencement Speech




Billionaire Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos delivered a commencement speech at the University of Baltimore on Monday, sparking protests from students, faculty and members of the community.

Video from the ceremony shows students standing and turning away from DeVos as she delivered her speech.

DeVos speaking with some graduates turning their backs to her.

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One woman who stood during the speech had “#Not my commencement speaker” written on the back of her cap.




A faculty member on the stage also protested DeVos.

Some students booed loudly as she was announced to speak, but remained mostly silent throughout her speech, reports ThinkProgress.

There was a small protest at the University of Baltimore, with some activists chanting, “Education is a right, not just for the rich and the white.”

During her speech, DeVos appeared to reference the many protests she has faced as a member of the Trump administration.

“The natural instinct is to join in the chorus of conflict, to raise your voice louder, to promote your profile and ostracize others,” she said. “Too many assume that those who are the loudest are leaders and those who stay quiet are followers. But we will not solve the significant and real problems our country faces if we cannot embrace this paradox of silence.”

“We will do well to first listen, study, ponder, then speak to genuinely engage those with whom we disagree. Voices that are quiet at first, grow in strength while those who rush to shout are humbled.”



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