My favorite part of the story from yesterday’s commencement is this photo, at the front of the Boston Globe’s website right now:
Boston College conferred an honorary doctorate on Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice after her upbeat keynote address yesterday. About 200 faculty members stood to protest the honor. (Photos by David L. Ryan/ Globe Staff)
Contrast that with these student comments:
“I’m not happy about her speaking and I don’t support her policies,” said William Kozaites, 21, an English major from Los Angeles. “But it’s important to hear what she has to say.”
Other students said protest had no place at the ceremony, and they lamented that Rice’s presence required BC to use security guards and metal detectors, saying that marred the event regardless of the demonstrators .
“It shouldn’t be about protesting,” said Maggie Hurley, 22, a graduate of the school of education. “It should be about celebrating our accomplishments.”
Her friend Tiana Baker , 21, also a school of education graduate, nodded in agreement. “She’s a successful woman and we should leave the other matters aside for now because as a school, we are honoring her.”
There is hope, America.