It's graduation time, and thousands of college students will be leaving the friendly confines of undergraduate education. For most seniors, there will be no more liberal lectures, leftist rants or anti-war marches once they leave campus. But until the moment student tassels are moved from right to left, universities will use their podiums to promote leftism.
Graduation ceremonies themselves are being used to pound home some final liberal body blows. At the 50 highest-ranked undergraduate universities (according to U.S. News & World Report), liberals overwhelmingly dominate the list of graduation speakers. Of the 40 universities where commencement-speaker information was available, 29 speakers are politically partisan. Twenty-one of those 29 -- 72 percent -- are liberal.
The only conservatives or Republicans speaking at major universities are Sen. John McCain (University of Southern California and University of Florida), Sen. John Warner (University of Virginia), Dr. Elias A. Zerhouni, director of the National Institutes of Health (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice (Vanderbilt University in Nashville), White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales (Rice University in Houston), Secretary of State Colin Powell (Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.), and Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue (Georgia Institute of Technology).
Meanwhile, liberals and Democrats dominate the rolls. From Bill Clinton (Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.) to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (Duke University in Durham, N.C.), from Clinton Justice Department nominee Lani Guinier (University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign) to Clinton friend Vernon E. Jordan (Penn State University at University Park), from Sen. John Breaux (Tulane University in New Orleans) to Clinton Solicitor General Walter Dellinger (Boston College), liberals have conservatives on the ropes, both in terms of university quality and in terms of speaking quantity. Of the top 15 universities, 10 are having politically active speakers; nine of those speakers are liberals or Democrats.
Clearly, conservatives are at a decided disadvantage at commencements. Not only are prestigious American liberals bestowed honorary degrees and open microphones. Radical international liberals and groovy airhead liberals get the bully pulpit, too. Here, then, is the Commencement List, the most egregious choices for commencement speakers at the top 50 universities: