Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is set to deliver the commencement speech at Bethune-Cookman University on Wednesday, despite vocal opposition from students at the school, civil rights organizations, and Florida education groups.
The historically black university in Daytona Beach, Florida, is at the center of criticism for providing a platform to the secretary to speak.
On Tuesday, petitions were delivered to university leaders urging college leaders to disinvite DeVos from attending the commencement ceremony. “Secretary DeVos has no understanding of the importance, contributions, and significance of HBCUs,” a petition signed by more than 8,000 people on change.org read.
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