Heartwarming: This College Booed the Shit Out of Betsy DeVos's Commencement Speech

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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos gave a commencement speech today at Bethune-Cookman University, amid petitions calling on the school to cancel her appearance at the historically black college.

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DeVos, a billionaire GOP donor who did her best to destroy Michigan’s education system before imposing her extreme ideologies on the rest of the country, hasn’t been super popular thus far. Recently, she unwound consumer protections for student loan borrowers and halted Obama’s plan to streamline the student loan system, while earlier this year she referred to historically black colleges as “real pioneers when it comes to school choice”—a wildly uneducated statement for a Secretary of Education, who seemed as unaware of this country’s history of segregation as she was about the difference between proficiency and growth.

Naturally, many of the people in the room for this speech were not particularly interested in hearing it, which led to some truly heartwarming moments.

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Aw! So nice. Here are some more inspiring moments from the speech.

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Ellie is a freelance writer and former senior writer at Jezebel. She is pursuing a master's degree in science journalism at Columbia University in the fall.

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thenoblerenard
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Congratulations, grads. You managed to take one of the more boring experiences of life (sitting and listening to people dispense mindless platitudes about life) and turn it into an exciting event filled with drama and tension. And you got to make Betsy DeVos appear deeply uncomfortable. You kids are awesome, and should stay awesome!

Oh, and fuck you to the University President, who apparently threatened to not allow students to walk unless they sat down, saying “Your degrees will be mailed to you. Choose which way you want to go.” He’s the one who invited DeVos in the first place; this is entirely on him, not the students.