Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was booed and heckled as she delivered her commencement address at Bethune-Cookman University Wednesday.
Aside from booing, the graduates also turned their backs and walked out during DeVos’ commencement speech, as they tried to send a message that she’s not welcome, as the Trump administration’s representative, to speak on their graduation day.
One student even told the education secretary to “shut the f*** up,” according to BuzzFeed.
The verbal assault even become worse when school President Edison Jackson interrupted DeVos’ remarks to warn the graduates: “If this behavior continues, your degrees will be mailed to you.”
A week ago, students and alumni have expressed their objections to DeVos’ selection as commencement speaker, citing her previous comments that founders of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) were “real pioneers” when it comes to school choice.
HBCUs were founded during the segregation-era, when black students weren’t allowed from attending the same schools as whites. She has since walked back on those comments.
100% Fed Up reports:
Betsy DeVos just proved to America why President Trump chose her among so many qualified candidates to reform our broken education system. Full-grown men would have crumbled under the kind of pressure and hate she was facing during her graceful commencement speech. Let’s face it, most of us would have walked off the stage, but Betsy DeVos, firm in her resolution to deliver the speech she was invited to share, stood at the podium, and against all odds, addressed an angry group of students railing against “the injustice” at a college where 95% of the students receive some form of state or federal grant money.