Bloomberg doesn’t want to go to your stupid graduation

Michael R BloombergIt seems Columbia engineers have a new graduation tradition: getting rejected by former mayor Michael Bloomberg. A letter from the school’s dean, obtained by (IG contributor Skelding at) Capital extended an invitation to the former mayor to speak at graduation, which he declined. The letter details that he was asked last year, too, but couldn’t make it due to a scheduling conflict.

The day of last year’s graduation, he “hosted a Jewish heritage reception at Gracie Mansion and subsequently accepted a lifetime achievement award at the New York League of Conservation Voters’ Spring Gala,” per Capital, which is the same excuse we give when we don’t want to sit through a long ass boring ceremony wearing a polyester robe outside on a humid May afternoon.

So Bloomberg didn’t make it up to Morningside Heights, but at least he didn’t offer to speak at Barnard graduation.

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Penn’s Latest 2008 Commencement Speaker: Michael Bloomberg

Penn's Latest 2008 Commencement Speaker: Michael Bloomberg

Uh… uh… that sucks! Somehow!

Indeed, Penn appears to have chosen NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg to speak at its 2008 Commencement Exercises For Young Princes, according to a release from University Secretary Leslie Laird Kruhly. Maybe he’ll take the occasion to finally announce his bid for the presidency as an independent. Because a foreign policy hawk who cares about trans fats is just what America needs for Unity! Hillel must be so excited.

Full statement, including honorary degree recipients — that FAUST from Harvard is one! — after the jump.

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