Supposed commencement speaker Eric Walsh, Pasadena’s Director of Public Health, has cancelled his plans to speak at the Spring 2014 graduation, according to a statement released by the District this afternoon after questions were raised about whether or not he was ever publicly board-approved to be the speaker in the first place.
It seems that every time the District tries to cover up the commencement debacle, it digs itself a deeper pit to fall into.
The Board of Trustees apologized to Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black in a prepared statement released Monday and said that an email received by Black inviting him to be the school’s commencement speaker resulted from “an honest error.”
Outraged by the Board’s treatment of Oscar winner and PCC alumnus Dustin Lance Black, a long-time dean and professor at UCLA sent a scathing letter to Board President Anthony Fellow expressing his anger and disbelief.
Student Trustee Simon Fraser sent a scathing email to the Board of Trustees on Friday detailing his involvement in the commencement debacle and categorically denying that the formal invitation he sent to Academy Award winner and PCC alumnus Dustin Lance Black to be this year’s commencement speaker, was without college approval.
The Board of Trustees will have a special meeting on Saturday morning regarding anticipated litigation after Oscar winner and PCC alumnus Dustin Lance Black mentioned he may take legal action against the college for disinviting him to be this year’s commencement speaker.
The Pasadena Area City College District released a statement today stating that it needed more time before giving a full response about Oscar winner and PCC alumnus Dustin Lance Black’s allegation that he was “disinvited” to be the Spring Commencement speaker because of sexually explicit photos of him that surfaced years ago on the Internet.
Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black responds to having his invitation rescinded as PCC’s 2014 commencement speaker due to a 2009 sex “scandal.”
After being placed atop a Board approved short list of potential commencement speakers earlier this semester, the college decided against selecting Oscar winning screenwriter and PCC alumnus Dustin Lance Black