Betsy DeVos to speak at spring commencement ceremony

By Lauren Grimaldi

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Betsy DeVos will speak in the Auditorium Theatre on May 11. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The graduation speaker at the spring commencement ceremony will be none other than Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, a Roosevelt University spokesperson confirmed to the Torch in an email.

“We are very excited to welcome Betsy DeVos as a speaker in our graduation ceremony,” the spokesperson said. “We hope that students listen to her point of view as they celebrate their special day.”

The choice to have DeVos as the commencement speaker is a controversial one. However, there are Roosevelt students excited by it.

“We finally have someone that actually cares about education in office,” an anonymous accounting major said. “I feel like she actually cares about the white, I mean, uh, right students across America that are in most need of help.”

In a statement to the Torch, DeVos said she is excited to speak at Roosevelt.

“I am pleased to be speaking at a Social Justice school because I like being social and I take my granddaughter shopping at the clothing store Justice all the time,” Devos said. “It will be fun to see how these two things mix.”

The Secretary of Education was recently criticized for her appearance on 60 Minutes in which she struggled to find answers for basic questions about schools in the United States.

Devos told the Torch that she doesn’t understand why people don’t approve of her being in the position.

“I think I’m a nice lady,” Devos said with a smile. “I only want to make our children more smarter.”

The Education Secretary would not say if she plans to address the call for teachers to be armed in her speech at Roosevelt, but did not shy away from her thoughts on the matter.

“My top priority will be to keep our children safe,” Devos said. “All of the research shows that having more guns keeps people safer.”

When asked to specify the research that shows guns will help keep schools safer, Devos said she had not specifically looked at any studies on how effective guns are in schools.

The accounting student said it’s about time that all teachers become armed in every school across America.

“There is just no other way to keep ourselves safe at this point,” the student said. “I think teachers should have one gun for each hand and another one just to be safe.”

While students prepare to graduate on May 11, not all are very happy with the choice the school made to bring Devos to speak at the ceremony.

“I would have preferred Rick Perry,” an anonymous CCPA senior said. “I think he is doing a good job in his role.”

*This is an article from the Scorch, the annual satire issue of the Torch*

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