Outrage over a college’s choice for commencement speaker address has become an annual tradition. Just ask Kermit the Frog, one of the most benign graduation speakers imaginable. Even he ruffled some feathers when he spoke to the Class of 1996 at Southampton College of Long Island University. This year’s class of controversial speakers includes Condoleezza Rice, Christine Lagarde and Michelle Obama. They all ended up declining offers to speak after backlash.
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