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We hereby, the undersigned members of the University of Pennsylvania community find the selection of Kofi Annan as the 2005 commencement speaker to be both inappropriate and appalling, and request that a new speaker be immediately chosen with greater student input.





The corruption in the Iraq Oil for Food program, coupled with the abhorrent behavior by United Nations peacekeepers in Congo, make a mockery of Penns motto that Laws without morals are useless. Inaction by the UN concerning the genocide occurring in Darfur, and the bodys limited support of the Iraqi elections solidify Annan as an incompetent leader, unrepresentative of Penns graduating class.





Further, the process of choosing commencement speakers is of grave concern, as no student on the Board of Trustees has voting power. With the improper selection of such a polarizing figure as Kofi Annan, it is clear that both the procedure and the 2005 commencement speaker need to change.

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  • 20 July 2015189. Kathy K
    Kofi has presided over an anti-Semitic UN and should apologize first
  • 08 July 2015188. Rich R
    Incompetent, corrupt and unrepresentative of our graduating class - poor choice
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  • 17 April 2015184. John G
    CAS 1992 - I can't say I'm surprised by this choice. While sometimes the attacks on Annan from the Right seem shrill, I do think there's a real problem with Kofi's management of the UN. The administration should've and could've chosen someone that better
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  • 30 March 2015181. Eugene B
    Kofi Annan is corrupt, prejudiced and anti-American. His appearance on campus will not be viewed favourably by many.
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  • 06 February 2015177. Charles K
    His official position may be one that warrants an invitation to speak at Penn's commencement, his personal conduct must disqualify him from tainting our graduation, and receiving an honorarium from our University.
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