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Tech to Condoleezza: Forget Rutgers, speak to us

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LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) – Texas Tech University has invited ex-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to take her pick and speak at summer, fall or 2015 graduation ceremonies after protests against her planned appearance at Rutgers University.

Chancellor Kent Hance on Monday sent a letter to Rice inviting her to be the commencement speaker for ceremonies in Lubbock Aug. 9, Dec. 12-13 or May 15-16, 2015. Hance calls Rice a “distinguished diplomat and great leader.”

Rice planned to deliver the May 18 commencement address at Rutgers but later declined following protests by some faculty and students over her role in the Iraq War. Rice said her appearance would distract from the graduation celebration.

Rice is a political science professor at Stanford University. Messages left Tuesday with Stanford for Rice weren’t immediately returned.  

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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