Education Secretary Betsy DeVos gave the 2017 commencement address at Bethune-Cookman University, a historically-black institution, on Wednesday.
The speech was marked by controversy as students booed and turned their backs on DeVos. At one point University President Edison Jackson intervened, saying that if the disruption kept up students would get their degrees in the mail.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to speak with you, and particularly with those who have disagreed with the invitation for me to be here,” DeVos said. “One of the hallmarks of higher education and of democracy is the ability to converse with and learn from those with whom we disagree.”
Here is a full transcript of her prepared remarks, as provided by the U.S. Department of Education:
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