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Monday, March 28, 2011
More pols at graduation
Michigan governor Rick Snyder has been selected to speak at Michigan's commencement this spring. As with President Obama, a couple of years ago, I think this is a bad idea. Politics embodies values that are the opposite of those of the university, and having a partisan speaker means alienating many of the students, parents and others in attendance at graduation, thereby likely reducing future donations to the university. I would much prefer either cultural figures appropriate to the university or, even better, faculty who are good speakers, as at Chicago.