Kelly Heyboer
The Star-Ledger
May 3, 2014

Secretary Condoleezza Rice India visit, December 3, 2008
Former-Secretary Condoleezza Rice India visit, December 3, 2008

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice backed out of giving Rutgers University’s commencement speech today amid growing opposition among the school’s students and faculty.

In a statement, Rice said she informed Rutgers President Robert Barchi that she has decided not to give the May 18 address.

“Commencement should be a time of joyous celebration for the graduates and their families. Rutgers’ invitation to me to speak has become a distraction for the university community at this very special time,” Rice said.

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