Kean U. Pulls Back on Common as Graduation Speaker

April 2, 2015

Kean University announced and then withdrew an invitation to the hip-hop recording artist Common to deliver its commencement speech, NorthJersey.com reported. The university switched gears amid protests from police groups because of a 2000 recording by Common that depicts a woman convicted of killing a police officer as a victim. A Kean spokeswoman did not respond to email or voice mail requests for comment.

City Colleges of Chicago also recently announced Common as commencement speaker. A spokeswoman said that no reconsideration of the invitation is planned there.

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