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DeVos to give commencement speech at University of Baltimore

Posted at 7:24 AM, Dec 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-18 07:24:34-05

Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is scheduled to stop in Baltimore to deliver a commencement address at a public university.

In recent weeks, some University of Baltimore students have protested the choice of DeVos as their fall commencement speaker. They argue that DeVos shouldn't be invited to speak on a public campus since they see her as hostile to public education and indifferent to civil rights.

University of Baltimore President Kurt Schmoke has sent a letter to the student body explaining why he believes DeVos is a good choice as speaker. Schmoke is a former mayor of Baltimore.

University spokesman Chris Hart says there are security plans in place. He says the university wants to "ensure that the day is enjoyable for our graduates and their families and friends."