WICHITA (AP) — A Kansas technical school canceled plans for Ivanka Trump to give a virtual commencement speech to graduates because of criticism of President Donald Trump’s response to protests over the death of George Floyd.
Administrators at Wichita State University and WSU Tech announced the decision late Thursday, just hours after they had announced that the president’s daughter would be speaking to WSU Tech graduates. Administrators of both universities, which are affiliated, said Saturday’s graduation for the technical university would be “refocused” on students, with a nursing graduate as the only speaker.
Ivanka Trump visited WSU Tech’s National Center for Aviation Training last fall. She responded in a tweet, saying, “Our nation’s campuses should be bastions of free speech. Cancel culture and viewpoint discrimination are antithetical to academia. Listening to one another is important now more than ever!”
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