Betsy DeVos Booed During Commencement Address

Betsy DeVos

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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was heavily booed while she was delivering a commencement address on Wednesday at Bethune-Cookman University, a historically black college in Florida.

Students jeered DeVos and turned their backs to her, BuzzFeed reports.

BuzzFeed reporter Molly Hensley-Clancy was present at the Bethune-Cookman commencement exercises, and tweeted updates throughout the event. She first documented the students' loud booing of Omarosa Manigault, the White House Office of Public Liaison's director of communications and a close confidante of President Donald Trump from his time on "The Apprentice."

Further protests were heard when DeVos took the stage to give her commencement address and receive an honorary degree.

An increasing number of students turned their backs to DeVos as she spoke.

One student was escorted out to cheers after giving a "black power symbol."

Students persisted in cursing and turning their backs on the secretary of education through the entire speech. Their protests continued through the speech of BCU President Edison O. Jackson.

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