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Commencement un-invitations invite controversy




The quandary of this current graduation season is whom to feel sorrier for — graduates facing the real world or speakers invited to speak at commencement ceremonies and then uninvited to speak.

To be cajoled, wooed and invited to be a commencement speaker and then abruptly uninvited is reminiscent of that horrid fellow who dumped you in the 10th grade. Let’s just hope today’s incidents do not result in graffiti in the restroom stalls or shaving cream on someone’s car windows.

The first this season to be invited and then uninvited was the first lady. Originally invited to speak at a high school commencement in Topeka, Kansas, it was determined that her security detail and accompanying entourage, roughly numbering the population of Texas, would be so large that family members would not be able to see their loved ones graduate. So the first lady’s invitation was suspended.

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