May 22, 2014 1:18 AM

Free speech part of commencement celebrations

As all of us have seen, college commencements are not assuredly times of joyful celebration, but can be occasions fraught with conflict and disagreement. In years past, William F. Buckley Jr. was protested at Vassar, President Obama at Notre Dame, Colin Powell at Harvard, and George Schultz at Princeton, among many others. In the last several weeks, four major institutions have seen their commencement speakers walk away or be rejected by the institution.

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