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Provide a new keynote speaker for UNT's inaugural university-wide commencement ceremony.

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The University of North Texas’ student body is made up of students from all walks of life. Therefore, it is pivotal that our keynote speaker be someone who reflects not only our student population but our views on equality and representation. Governor Abbott is an advocate for immigration reform, border patrol, and anti-equal marriage laws. This does not align the spirit of the University of North Texas which prides itself in providing equal opportunities for their students. While Governor Abbott's story is inspirational, his views on inequality cannot be overshadowed by this.  Our Mean Green Pride comes from being heard and respected.  Which is why we ask University President Neal Smatresk to find a new keynote speaker for graduation.



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