Education Secretary Betsy DeVos spoke at a tech conference in Utah, and the metaphor she used to advocate for school choice has some people shaking their heads.
There was no chance that was going to happen in 2017.
At one point, Jackson intervened, telling students: "If this behavior continues, your degrees will be mailed to you".
"With the recent comments of President Trump suggesting federal funding for HBCUs is unconstitutional, this validates our view of a terrible decision by the university inviting DeVos, who still has not pledged to drastically increase funding for all historically black colleges and universities", the NAACP said. She addressed some of the opposition to her speaking at the historically black university in Daytona Beach, Florida, asking for those critical of her to hear her out and voicing her support for historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs. "The university leadership has drastically fumbled and should resign", said Nweze.
"You don't know her and you don't know her story" Jackson said in defense of Manigault. She also gladly received an honorary degree from the school's administrators - with another background of boos of course.
Many are accusing officials at the school of politicizing the ceremony, drawing attention away from the students' achievements and onto a political figure.
The decision of Florida's Bethune-Cookman University to have Ms DeVos speak at their commencement originally led to protests on campus.
On Tuesday, Bethune-Cookman University students and alumni delivered thousands of signatures to the school's president, Edison O. Jackson, and the university's Board of Trustees in a last-ditch effort to try and change their minds about inviting DeVos to speak. "Their success has shown that more options help students flourish".
Much of DeVos' speech was devoted to embracing student's differences and encouraging graduates to pursue careers in service and "embrace grace".
The fight over a controversial Bethune-Cookman University commencement speaker has prompted strong accusations from both sides and a protest outside the ceremony. Students booed, heckled, and turned their backs on President Donald Trump's appointee.
"We are always about the business of making new friends, and if you don't have friends, it's very hard to raise money".
If Wednesday was a test for the head of the Department of Education among historically black colleges and universities, it proved DeVos has much work ahead of her. "We need everyone to be a part of this continuation of our institution".