Students boo Betsy DeVos as commencement speaker at historically black university

From The Washington Post:

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Students booed at Bethune-Cookman University in Florida Wednesday as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos gave the keynote address at the historically black school’s commencement Wednesday afternoon.

Many students and alumni had objected to having DeVos as speaker in part because they said the outreach by President Trump and the education secretary to historically black colleges is an empty gesture. But the president of the university defended her work as a philanthropist and her commitment to education.

Graduates came in smiling, many with flowers and other decorations plastered on their mortar boards, and listened to the ceremony politely, until university President Edison Jackson introduced Omarosa Manigault, an adviser to Trump. Students started booing. Jackson stopped, then said: “You don’t know her. You don’t know her story.”

They booed loudly as he introduced DeVos to give her an honorary doctorate as well. When she began speaking, thanking Jackson, the auditorium erupted with boos. DeVos had to raise her voice as she thanked the moms attending the ceremony.

About half the graduates turned their backs on her. Shouts continued as she spoke loudly, saying that one of the hallmarks of higher education and democracy is the ability to converse with and learn from those with whom they disagree.