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As our time on The Heights draws to an end, we, the Boston College Class of 2010, cannot help but look toward the days of our Commencement. We have attended the graduations of our predecessors and looked with hopeful anticipation to the day of our own, all the while wondering whom we will be lucky enough to hear as our Commencement speaker. Dozens of names have been rumored as potential candidates for the short list of speakers, and we write to you today to voice our extreme concern at having newly-elected senator Scott Brown as our Commencement speaker.

We entered Boston College in an atmosphere of partisan politics, one that was illustrated when John McCain acted as our Convocation speaker. Although Senator McCain was representative of a divisive political climate, one that continues today, there is no doubt that Senator McCain is a true American hero. Yes, we were able to listen to his political experiences and leadership, but we were all also in the presence of someone who has sacrificed for his country. Senator McCain was selected because he tried to instill in us why courage matters, preparing us to try to act out the ideals of scholarship, leadership, and service in our four years here at BC.

It is clear that having representatives of divisive politics has not been successful at Boston College, and one need not look any further than BCs 2006 Commencement or BC Laws 2008 Commencement as proof. Scott Brown is the epitome of todays divisive political climate: his largely heralded election was won by a mere four percent of the vote. This election is representative of a charged political environment, one that has been marked with Tea Parties, town meetings that became theatrical, and some of the most vitriolic sentiment seen in politics in decades. Even he acknowledges that the primary reason for his win was his promise to further divide the leadership in Washington. In the opinion of many, Mr. Brown was the lucky victor in a race where a Democratic candidate took the voters of Massachusetts for granted in an abysmally run campaign.

During our four years here at Boston College, we have been taught to be men and women for others. On what will be our last day here on the campus where we have worked, studied, and called our home for the past four years, we want a speaker who can help us reflect on the past four years of our lives but also give us hope for the future. We want a speaker who will speak to our ideas of scholarship, loyalty, and service; who will not only speak of Jesuit ideals but help us live our lives by them. We want a leader who will not only inspire us, but challenge us on our quest to excel.

Although we believe that the Class of 2010 has had its share of political speakers, if you decide you must pick a Commencement speaker representative of the world of politics, then we ask that you select someone who has a history of leadership, service, and political dedication to this country; not a Senator who, at the time of this writing, has only been in office 14 days.

If Scott Brown is on the short list of candidates to speak at our Commencement, we, the members of the Class of 2010, respectfully ask that you vote down Brown.

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