In this guest post, Nelson Ham, a geology professor at St. Norbert College, states: "Commencement is for graduating students, their families and their friends. It is a day to express pride. Yet institutions routinely focus on someone of recognition who can impart a wisdom-filled, final lesson to graduates, and usually all is well. But this year is different. SNC is keeping the cardinal as speaker with a revised rationale that engaging with people of controversial perspectives is part of higher education. The principle is absolutely true, but using the rationale now strains our institution's credibility."