Faculty at Rutgers University are protesting the choice of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as commencement speaker.

The faculty is requesting that the university’s board of governors, who unanimously voted to award Rice with an honorary doctorate during the ceremony, rescind its invitation


The faculty resolution said Rutgers should not honor Rice because of her role in the war in Iraq and the Bush administration’s adoption of waterboarding and other controversial interrogation techniques.

“Condoleezza Rice … played a prominent role in the administration’s effort to mislead the American people about the presence of weapons of mass destruction,” the resolution said.


Mary Pat Angelini, a New Jersey state Assemblywoman, has called the faculty’s vote “appalling.”

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