DeVos, Omarosa Booed Mercilessly at Commencement Ceremony


Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was jeered by graduates during her commencement speech Wednesday at Bethune-Cookman University, a historically black college.

Students appeared to reject the comparison, booing loudly every time DeVos referenced Bethune, which awarded her an honorary doctorate of humane letters.

DeVos, who was announced as the historically Black college's graduation speaker less than two weeks ago, has been protested by many including current students and alumni.

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The university's president, Edison Jackson, interrupted her speech with a warning to students.

Her remarks at Bethune-Cookman University on the importance of education were overpowered by calls from the audience to "shut the (expletive) up" and "not a Wildcat", the name of the university's teams.

But given her reception at the commencement address on Wednesday, DeVos may have a lot more work ahead of her to make amends.

"You don't know her and you don't know her story" Jackson said in defense of Manigault.

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In February, President Trump met with leaders from America's historically black colleges and universities when he signed an executive order to move assistance for the institutions from the Department of Education to the White House.

Live video of the ceremony in Daytona Beach showed many graduates facing away from DeVos, though it was not clear how numerous approximately 300 seniors participated in the silent protest.

The B-CU petition also objects to DeVos's recent withdrawal of protections the Obama administration put in place for students who have mismanaged or are defaulting on their student loans. However, graduates and attendees of the school let it be known that DeVos was the worse possible choice.

Reportedly, not once in her speech did DeVos address her earlier comments or the protest at hand, but she apparently did say that the Trump administration would "continue to support HBCUs", without offering specifics.

Was the booing and the protests against DeVos warranted at the graduation ceremony?

Jackson, the university president, defended the invitation, saying it benefits students to hear from those with controversial ideals and differing beliefs.

"When we seek to shelter our students and campus communities from views that are diametrically opposed to their own", he continued, "we actually leave our students far less capable of combating those ideas".