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Leftists, Democrats Dominate Commencement Speakers List

Young America’s Foundation has uncovered that liberal-leaning and Democrat speakers dominated this year’s slate of commencement speakers across the nation.

Specifically, while 62 liberal speakers are scheduled to speak or have already spoken at  commencement ceremonies at the top 100 universities this graduation season, the group’s survey found that, in comparison, only 17 conservatives could be identified as taking the podium. For the rest of the speakers, their ideology could not be determined.

“Star-studded examples of imbalance include Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker speaking at his alma mater, Yale University,” the foundation reports. “Big government mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg will speak at Stanford University; House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will keynote at the University of California-Davis School of Law’s commencement; Oprah Winfrey is speaking to Harvard University; and Vice President Joe Biden will give graduates one last dose of liberalism at the University of Pennsylvania.”

What’s worse, conservative voices are silenced, Young America’s Foundation notes.

“Neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson, who has risen to national fame for his criticism of this administration’s leftist policies, was banned from speaking at Johns Hopkins University by an online petition from liberal students,” its officials state.

And then there’s the ongoing President Obama tour.

“President Obama, who has been on a college campus one out of nine days since taking office, according to an ongoing foundation study, will be giving three commencement speeches this spring, including at Ohio State University where he challenged the students to ‘reject’ voices who are critical of his big government policies.”

For a full list of the foundation’s survey, click here.

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