The disappearance of conservative commencement speakers

Conservatives have complained that they’ve been singled out, leaving only non-politicians and Democrats to offer a final word to newly-minted college graduates. Based on commencement address data from the last two years, they’re right. …

As it turns out, I couldn’t find a single clearly aligned Republican political figure who spoke at any of these schools in the past two years. (Two tables showing all the speakers are at the bottom of this post.) Twenty-five Democrats spoke. Eleven Democrats gave the main commencement address among the top 30 universities, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and former Mississippi governor and current Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. At the top 30 liberal arts schools, it was 14 Democrats.