Survey: Liberal Commencement Speakers Outnumber Conservatives More Than Three to One

Adam Tragone
By Adam Tragone | May 16, 2013 | 3:50 PM EDT

Young America's Foundation's 20th annual "Commencement Speakers Survey" reveals that 62 liberal speakers-and only 17 conservatives-are scheduled to speak or have already spoken at the 2013 commencement ceremonies for the top 100 universities as listed by U.S. News and World Report.

Star-studded examples of imbalance include:

  • Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker speaking at his alma mater, Yale University, Washington University in St. Louis and Cornell University.
  • Big government Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg will speak at Stanford University,
  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will keynote at the University of California-Davis School of Law's commencement,
  • Oprah Winfrey is speaking to Harvard University, and
  • Vice President Joe Biden will give graduates one last dose of liberalism at the University of Pennsylvania.

Liberal media will be all over college campuses this spring, too. The New York Times staff will be present at four commencements nationwide, including Syracuse University and Indiana University. A plethora of other liberal journalists, including PBS host Gwen Ifill, are addressing graduates.

For perspective on the overwhelming bias, News Corp., which owns Fox News - the number one ranked cable news station - and The Wall Street Journal (the newspaper with the largest circulation in the county) have zero personalities speaking this spring.

To be identified as "liberal" or "conservative" for the survey, speakers must have publicly supported ideological causes through speaking, writing, serving in public office, commentating, or financial contributions.

While these liberals indoctrinate college students, conservative voices are being silenced. Neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson, who has risen to national fame for his criticism of this administration's leftist policies, was banned from speaking at Johns Hopkins University by an online petition from liberal students.

President Obama, who has been on a college campus one out of nine days since taking office, according to an ongoing Foundation study, will be giving three commencement speeches this spring, including at Ohio State University where he challenged the students to "reject" voices who are critical of his big government policies.

Young America's Foundation's Ron Robinson noted, "As tuition and student loan debt grow at historic rates, what are students getting for their money? An education from leftist professors that-combined with the Obama administration's policies-has left 53 percent of recent grads unemployed or underemployed. These commencement speakers are just the icing on higher education's indoctrination cake."

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