Jill Abramson Backs Out of Brandeis Commencement

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Jill Abramson, who was fired this week as the executive editor of The New York Times, has backed out of attending Brandeis University’s commencement, according to the school’s student newspaper The Justice.

"I regret to tell you ... that Jill Abramson informed me today, given the circumstances this week in her life, that she is not going to be coming to receive her honorary degree," [University President Frederick Lawrence ] said at [a faculty] meeting.

Lawrence said Abramson said she did not want to be part of the celebratory nature of the ceremony, The Justice also reported.

Abramson, the first woman to hold the position at the newspaper, was set to receive an honorary degree on Sunday at the school’s 63rd commencement.

According to New York Magazine, however, Abramson still plans to deliver the commencement address at Wake Forest University on Monday.


This isn’t the first commencement honor to fall through at Brandeis. In April, after outcry over the school’s decision to award an honorary degree to activist and Islam critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Brandeis decided to withdraw the honor.

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