Jill Abramson Backs Out of Brandeis Commencement, Honorary Degree

The recently fired New York Times executive editor reportedly told Brandeis University’s president, ‘I don’t think this is my year to be there for this.’

Jill Abramson. Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Jill Abramson. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Jill Abramson, who was fired from her executive editor post at the New York Times on Wednesday, is no longer attending Brandeis University’s commencement this weekend, according to the Justice, the school’s independent student newspaper.

Abramson told Brandeis University President Frederick Lawrence, “I don’t think this is my year to be there for this,” he relayed to the newspaper.

According to Lawrence, Abramson was not looking to take part in the celebratory nature of the weekend. Based on the article, it appears Lawrence tried to talk her into coming.

Lawrence told the newspaper Abramson will no longer receive an honorary degree, as the university only gives honorary degrees in absentia in “exceptional circumstances.”

In early April, the university rescinded its planned honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali-born women’s rights activist who had made critical remarks about Islam, after student pressure to do so.

Geoffrey Canada, the president and CEO of Harlem’s Children’s Zone, will give the university’s commencement address Sunday, May 18.

In addition to Canada, Eric Lander, one of the principal leaders of the Human Genome Project, and Malcolm L. Sherman, a longtime university trustee, will receive honorary degrees.

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mark patterson May 17, 2014 at 11:33 AM
The Liberals at Brandeis should be asking themselves "What would Martin Niemoller say?" Maybe Ayaan Hirsi Ali never really happened.
MoonBeamWatcher May 17, 2014 at 01:26 PM
To think that a Hebrew University disinvited a speaker because CAIR objected to the truth told by Ms. Ayaan Hirsi Ali is reprehensible, despicable and anti-Semitic! G-d can only forgive this act, as I cannot!
MoonBeamWatcher May 17, 2014 at 01:33 PM
Ms. Abramson showed great class - the students should show some as well by not showing up. Excellent opportunity to prove they have been taught "SHAME", "HONOR" and "INTEGRITY"!
mardi sawyer May 17, 2014 at 04:03 PM
The libs just don't like anyone with a different opinion! Liberalism is a disease and must be eradicated!
Waverly Watchdog May 19, 2014 at 01:09 PM
This is an object lesson in Liberal/Progressive HYPOCRACY. The Left continuously propagandizes the 'War on Women'. Hardly a day goes by when Obama or Reid don't spout that bogus, nonsenseical claim. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The REAL war on women comes from Sharia Law. Ms. Ayaan Hirsi Ali has seen it's horrors FIRST HAND. But the ostriches of the Progressive Left don't WANT TO HEAR things that go against their world view. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Exactly the same thing applies to the kidnapped school kids, to be sold as sex slaves, by Islamic Radicals. The Twitter campaign by 'celebs' and the beautiful people, like Michelle Obama, is simply ludicrous. Calling a radical terrorist a pussycat, does NOT make it a pussycat... no matter HOW hard you wish it. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- And now, the NYT, the self-proclaimed paper of record, and a Progressive stronghold, has outed it's first woman Editor. I'd bet she now has a lot of things to say about the REAL war on women.... FROM THE LEFT


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