Florida – Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos gave a commencement speech Wednesday at Bethune-Cookman University, a historically black college.
Betsy DeVos was asked to deliver the commencement address at the Florida school.
When Betsy DeVos started the speech the crowd booed loudly you could barely here the Trump official during her talk.
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The students also booed black Trump supporter Omarosa Manigault.
Hundreds of graduating seniors of a historically black university in Florida booed and turned their backs on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos as she stood up to deliver a commencement speech today.
“Let’s choose to hear each other out,” DeVos said, straining to be heard above the crowd at Bethune-Cookman University’s graduation in Daytona Beach. “We can choose to listen, be respectful and continue to learn from each other’s experience.”
But most of the students remained with their backs turned as the crowd applauded. University President Edison O. Jackson took the podium and tried to quiet the crowd, threatening to end the graduation. “Your degrees will be mailed to you. Choose which way you want to go.”
Many — although not all of the students — eventually took their seats. One man was escorted out by security.
“I am at the table fighting on your behalf, and on behalf of all students across this great nation,” she said.
DeVos also noted that she planned to visit Mary McLeod Bethune’s home and grave to pay her respects, which the crowd booed.
Before DeVos took the podium, Jackson recognized another Trump administration attendee, senior policy director Omarosa Manigault, who was also booed. Jackson warned attendees: “Ladies and gentleman, please, you don’t know her, nor do you know her story.”