University Commencement Speakers Lean Left

When it comes to selecting a commencement speaker, the nation’s top 100 universities lean decidedly left, according to a new survey by the Young America’s Foundation.


Of the top 100 universities listed by U.S. News and World Report, 62 have selected liberal commencement speakers and only 17 selected conservatives.

“It goes to show you how administrators are unwilling to reach out and provide an alternative viewpoint,” YAF’s Adam Tragone told Fox News. “There’s a plethora – a deluge of liberals compared to conservatives on this year’s list.”

The YAF’s 20th annual Commencement Speakers Survey shows a who’s-who of liberals invited to impart words of wisdom to college graduates – from Oprah Winfrey at Harvard University to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at the University of California – Davis.

Speakers at the top 10 schools include:

  • Harvard University – Oprah Winfrey
  • Princeton University – Ben Bernanke
  • Yale University – Cory Booker
  • Columbia University – Lee C. Bollinger
  • University of Chicago – Abbie J. Smith
  • MIT – Drew Houston
  • Stanford University – Michael Bloomberg
  • Duke University – Melinda Gates

Among the handful of conservatives to get speaking invites were Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Ga. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, and former Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

“It’s like one last dose of liberalism given by the academia community to the students before they go off and begin their careers,” Tragone told Fox News. “It fulfills the stereotype that most Americans think academia is full of liberal ideology and conservatives are put to the wayside.”

He said the only surprise was the lack of Obama Administration officials invited to give speeches – although Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the commencement address at the University of Pennsylvania.

President Obama, was invited to participate in three graduation events – including The Ohio State University – where he challenged the students to “reject” voices who are critical of his big government policies.

Liberal media representatives will also be plentiful. Four employees of The New York Times will deliver remarks – along with representatives from NPR, PBS and CNN.

Tragone said it’s disheartening that the nation’s universities seem to ignore conservative voices.

“The message it sends to conservative students is to be wary and always at attention of liberal bias that exists in academia,” he said.

YAF’s Ron Robinson pointed out that it’s a clear example of liberal indoctrination.

“As tuition and student loan debt grow at historic rates, what are students getting for their money?” he asked. “An education from leftist professors that—combined with the Obama administration’s policies—has left 53 percent of recent grads unemployed or underemployed. These commencement speakers are just the icing on higher education’s indoctrination cake.”

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