The University respects and appreciates the dialogue surrounding the announcement that Governor Tom Corbett will be the commencement speaker for Millersville University this spring. The Governor confirmed that he would be the speaker in December 2012.
It is not unusual for both private and public universities to invite officials elected to statewide political office to speak at commencement. Millersville’s commencement speakers in the past have included Lieutenant Governors Mark Singel and Mark Schweiker and other state officials, as well as Congressman Robert Walker. As the Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Governor Corbett has previously been invited to give the commencement address at colleges and universities across the state.
Millersville University welcomes diverse opinions and free speech. While Governor Corbett is on campus, we plan to showcase Millersville as an example of high quality education. Graduation is the perfect place to demonstrate the strengths of the University through our outstanding students, faculty, staff and alums and to illustrate why Millersville is a good investment by the state.
It is important to note that Millersville will not incur any additional expense related to dignitary protection while the Governor is on campus. The State Police handle his security and do not charge the University for that coverage.