Tom Corbett’s Millersville Commencement Speech Didn’t Go Over As Smoothly As He Planned
This weekend, Tom Corbett gave a commencement address to students at Millersville University. Prior to the address, students, faculty, and alumni developed petitions and vocally opposed the selection of Gov. Corbett as the commencement speaker. Once the speech started, the response was not much better. Students turned their backs during his speech, and he received a “cold” reception even from those who did not protest. That shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone since Corbett proposed a 50 percent cut in funding, caused tuition costs to rise, and left students with the 2nd most debt in the country.
Patriot-News: Gov. Tom Corbett receives cool reception as speaker at Millersville graduation
“No one booed. But the graduates of Millersville University didn’t exactly cheer Gov. Tom Corbett either Saturday….As Corbett stepped to the microphone, about a dozen students turned their chairs away from the stage. Early in his speech, the governor asked the graduates to stand. A few dozen more remained seated. When it became clear Corbett wanted them to wave to their parents in the stadium, some stood, some waved from their seats, some sat motionless. One student had ‘Game of Loans’ written on her mortarboard. About half of the faculty members wore yellow pins reading ‘I support public education.’ A few of the professors turned their chairs as well.”
Lancaster Online: Corbett gets silent treatment at MU graduation
“You could hear a pin drop on Chryst Field at Biemesderfer Stadium when Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett finished his commencement speech Saturday at Millersville University. Normally, such speeches elicit rowdy applause from the students awaiting their diplomas. Not this time. Millersville’s 2013 graduating class refused to clap. About a dozen students - and at least three professors - weren’t even facing Corbett. When he started to speak, they stood up, turned their chairs around and sat back down.”
Associated Press: Gov. Tom Corbett receives cool reception as Millersville University graduation speaker.
“Gov. Tom Corbett got a cool reception when he addressed a central Pennsylvania university’s graduating class. The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News says the that when the governor stepped to the microphone today at the Millersville University ceremony, about a dozen students turned their chairs away from the stage.”
WGAL: Some Millersville students turn back on commencement speaker
“It was graduation day Saturday at Millersville University. During the commencement ceremony, about ten students and faculty members turned their chairs around as the commencement speaker Gov. Tom Corbett began to speak. Hundreds of students and alumni had been protesting the governor’s invitation to speak because of his proposed cuts to the state’s higher education system.”
Fox43: A few graduates turn backs to governor during speech
Despite receiving criticism from some students, faculty and alumni, Gov. Tom Corbett (R) addressed Millersville University’s graduates Saturday morning with a mostly positive speech. About a dozen students and faculty who felt he shouldn’t have been the one to do it turned their chairs around as he began. ‘At the end of the day, he’s turned his back on us, so we turned his back on him. So, I just wanted to something symbolic but still it was able to be in a respectful manner,’ said Kyle Johnson, who graduate Saturday. Johnson was among 1,109 students graduating Saturday.”