This year, the 17th annual Young America’s Foundation commencement speaker survey has revealed that the nation’s top 100 universities as determined by U.S. News & World Report are clamoring to give officials from President Barack Obama’s administration and other left-wing talking heads one last chance to indoctrinate graduating students with leftwing ideology.
Our research indicates that Bush administration officials spoke on the nation’s leading universities 14 times throughout his entire time as President. Obama administration officials spoke nine times just in 2010 – that’s more than half the number of Bush officials that spoke in eight years.
That’s only the tip of the iceberg. This year’s research found that a myriad of speakers were not only White House officials, but also liberal ideologues, newsmakers, authors, and entrenched Washington insiders, while conservative best-selling authors, business leaders, and free market Nobel laureates were once again absent from our list.
Some of the nation’s most familiar liberals will be making appearances at the nation’s leading institutions. Harvard, the number one school in America, is welcoming Justice David Souter to speak, a former member of the U.S. Supreme Court. Yet again, Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Samuel Alito, and Justice Anthony Scalia did not make appearances at any commencement ceremonies on our list.
Despite House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s dismal favorability ratings (she has only 11 percent favorable according to a recent CBS News poll), she was the “speaker” of choice at Cornell University for senior convocation.
Commenting on the annual study, Young America’s Foundation President Ron Robinson explained, “This year the trend proves that just as the media has been in love with Obama, so have America’s universities.”
Fortunately, these liberal speakers are not always greeted by students with open arms. Recently, a conservative activist recorded a University of Arizona professor getting roundly booed after using commencement as an opportunity to bash Arizona’s new immigration law.
Young America’s Foundation is currently inviting students to bring camcorders or voice recorders to their graduations to capture footage or audio of liberal speakers using commencement ceremonies as an opportunity to indoctrinate the audience.
Here is an executive summary of the data on 2010 commencement speakers.
Young America’s Foundation’s 17th commencement speaker research report has proven that once again, liberal officials will dominate the conversation at graduation ceremonies across the country. Officials from the Obama administration addressing the class of 2010 include U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki at University of Vermont-Burlington, First Lady Michelle Obama at the George Washington University, President Obama at University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Attorney General Eric Holder at Boston University, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Director of Office Management Peter Orszag at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu at Washington University-St. Louis and Georgia Institute of Technology, and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano at American University.
Those eight only include commencement speakers from the Obama administration.
Further, the administrator’s love affair with the “drive-by” media continues this year with commencement ceremonies featuring Katie Couric at Case Western Reserve University, Anderson Cooper at Tulane University, and Christiane Amanpour at Harvard University. Given Couric’s and Cooper’s ratings, perhaps they are not the best ones to be lecturing our nation’s youth on achieving greatness and being successful. (Cooper is currently hemorrhaging viewers, while Couric’s low ratings have been in the news for years.)
As our research demonstrates, there are plenty of other leftists listed who support liberal causes financially and/or are directly involved with left-wing organizations. For those familiar with our annual commencement speaker report, this should come as no surprise.
A few bright spots
While this laundry list may seem overwhelming, it is important to point out that there are a few conservative speakers who are featured at commencement ceremonies. These speakers include General David Petraeus at Texas A&M University, Curt Schilling at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Governor Robert McDonnell at Virginia Tech University. That’s three. Three recognizable conservatives at the nation’s leading universities.
Universities convince paying parents that their schools are sanctuaries for civil discourse and debate, but clearly, given the commencement speaker list, this is not the case. While conservative speakers such as Ann Coulter, Karl Rove, Ben Stein, Chuck Norris, Michelle Malkin, Justice Clarence Thomas, and Justice Samuel Alito all garnered standing room only crowds at our nation’s universities this year, liberal ideologues kept such figures out of the conversation when it came time to hand out diplomas. This unfortunate reality is a sobering reminder of how biased our college campuses have truly become.
For further information or to schedule an interview with Young America’s Foundation Staff, call Evan Gassman at (800) USA-1776
You can download the 2010 Commencement Speaker List by clicking here .