Watch students at a historically black college boo Betsy DeVos

  • Watch students at a historically black college boo Betsy DeVos

Watch students at a historically black college boo Betsy DeVos

That may explain, in part, why on Wednesday DeVos was drowned out by loud booing when she attempted to give a commencement speech at Bethune-Cookman University, a historically black college in Daytona Beach, Florida.

"Right now is not the time for Secretary DeVos to speak at any historically black college", said Dominik Whitehead, a Bethune-Cookman alumnus who led one of the petition drives.

Those in attendance today weren't trying to hear it, nor were they trying to hear anything DeVos had to say.

The commencement program said DeVos was slated to speak an hour or more, but she wrapped after about 20 minutes, according to CNN.

Students at the Florida school, upon learning DeVos had been chosen, had circulated petitions opposing her.

At one point the objections from the crowd became so incessant that a school official interrupted DeVos's speech, chiding graduates that if they continued their behavior, their degrees would be mailed to them.

"You don't know her, and nor do you know her story", Jackson said, further upsetting students.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

"But rather than see the Bethune-Cookman community's reaction as 'low road, ' I think it probably relates less to any abiding disquiet with Secretary DeVos than to the larger sense of disjuncture and distaste many have with the expressed and practiced values of the overall Trump administration", Wilson said.

"Dr. Bethune stood for education for all people", Whitehead said.

DeVos cited the university founder Mary McLeod Bethune and the school motto, "Enter to learn, depart to serve", but interruptions from the crowd did not cease.

Whatever the reason behind Jackson's decision to invite an enemy of HBCUs into the students' midst, I was entirely pleased with all the videos that came down the Twitter timeline showing them resisting.

When officials at Bethune-Cookman announced they would invite DeVos to give the address, the decision was nearly immediately met with protests.

In February, a statement of hers said historically black colleges and universities are the "real pioneers when it comes to school choice". The demonstration was so distracting that the university's president, Edison Jackson, actually took the microphone from DeVos and tried to calm the students down. We can't really blame them either - would you listen to someone who had dissed and dismissed the place where you spent four of the most formative years of your life? "And I don't want to go".

Students and alumni have reserved plenty of their angst for Jackson and other members of the school's leadership.