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UNT reacts to Abbott commencement announcement

UNT reacts to Abbott commencement announcement

April 02
20:48 2015

Nicholas Friedman / Features Editor

UNT News confirmed to the North Texas Daily that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott would be the keynote speaker for the spring’s graduation commencement. This news comes after rumors earlier this week that actor Michael J. Fox was in consideration.

Students at UNT and the Denton community took to social media to voice their opinions on the decision. Most weren’t happy.

Andy Odom — not a UNT student —  is the social media director for music festival 35Denton. He reached out to UNT President Neal Smatresk urging him to reconsider the decision to bring Abbott to campus.

Others cited UNT’s previous relationship with former gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis and a seemingly liberal campus profile as a reason for reconsideration.

Some were excited about the prospect of the Governor choosing UNT. This is a first for the university, who previously didn’t have commencement speakers at graduation.

One thing is certain, the announcement has sparked discussion. On Facebook, a thread of more than 50 commentaries weighed in.

The full story will be out soon.

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Nicholas Friedman

Nicholas Friedman

Nicholas Friedman is the Editor In Chief of the North Texas Daily. In addition, he's had his work published at The Dallas Morning News, GuideLive and the Denton Record-Chronicle.

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