The college has announced that the commencement speaker for PCC’s Spring 2016 graduation ceremony will be award-winning journalist Paula Williams Madison.
After last year’s controversial and prolonged commencement speaker search, the Board of Trustees quickly and unanimously voted Wednesday to approve Chad Crittenden, a cancer survivor, triathlete and amputee, as this year’s speaker.
Interim Superintendent-President Robert Miller will recommend Chad Crittenden as the 2015 commencement speaker to the Board of Trustees.
It looks like the Board has, once again, put its foot in its mouth. At last Wednesday night’s Board meeting, Student Trustee Marshall Lewis emphasized the need for more student input in the selection of a speaker this time around. But former Board President Anthony Fellow was quick to say that he thought there had been too much student input in the process as it was, blaming last year’s commencement debacle on the students.
After he was chastised for his handling of the commencement controversy last year, Board Member Anthony Fellow now insists that students have had too much input in the selection of the school’s graduation speaker.
The Commencement Speaker Committee members have recently compiled a list of 11 nominees and have passed over their list for the Board of Trustees to deliberate. They will make their final decision at their next meeting held on Wednesday, March 4 in the Circadian.
PCC has paid Dustin Lance Black close to $26,000 to not take legal action against the institution after Black was disinvited to be the commencement speaker back in May.
The city of Pasadena has placed Public Health Director Dr. Eric Walsh on paid administrative leave after videos surfaced online of Walsh’s controversial religious sermons, according to a statement by City Manager Michael J. Beck released earlier today. Walsh recently cancelled an engagement to be the speaker at PCC’s 2014 commencement ceremony on May 9 amid questions about whether or not he was publicly approved by the Board of Trustees. Walsh was scheduled to be the speaker after Oscar winner and PCC alumnus Dustin Lance …
The Board of Trustees voted to apologize and re-invite Oscar-winning PCC alumnus Dustin Lance Black to be the Spring 2014 commencement speaker following a weeks-long controversy over the school’s decision not to choose him because they believed sexually explicit photos of him on the internet could tarnish the school’s reputation.
The Board of Trustees unanimously voted to apologize and re-invite Oscar winner and PCC alumnus Dustin Lance Black as the 2014 commencement speaker Wednesday night, after receiving a recommendation from the administration earlier Wednesday.