This article by Chris Mays originally appeared May 13 in the Brattleboro Reformer.
MARLBORO — The divisive state of the country mentioned by speakers at the Marlboro College commencement ceremony Sunday played out in real time after one of the graduating students was booed for what appeared to be political beliefs.
The student walked on stage to accept his degree when jeering came from the back of the building. The student’s grandmother walked on stage later, just as the recessional music was set to begin.
“I would like to suggest that Marlboro College is progressive only in name, not in behavior,” she said. “It is a disgusting display to hear people in this audience boo.”
The grandmother said the school should strive to be diverse not only in race and sexual orientations but also in beliefs and debate of ideas. A student from the school also had come to the podium uninvited earlier in the ceremony to say the boo was inappropriate and inconsistent with the college’s values.
College President Kevin Quigley told the Reformer he did not recognize the person who made a loud boo from the back of the auditorium but later learned it was a former student. He said the individual had fled before the school’s chief of security could locate him and conferring of the degrees continued.
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