Beto O'Rourke Cancels Commencement Appearance Over Coronavirus Concerns

Another chip fell on the class of 2020 this morning, when Former Representative Beto O’Rourke cancelled his plans to speak at this year’s commencement. He cited the ongoing coronavirus crisis as the reason for his withdrawal. 

“Obviamente, estoy muy decepcionado,” O’Rourke said in a statement, “pero la lucha contra la pandemia es la máxima prioridad, y sería irresponsable a viajar a Ohio en el futuro próximo.”

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2020 Commencement Speaker Announced (For Real This Time)

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The day has finally come. No more wishing for Janney, hankering for Hank, or manifesting the pure rock ‘n’ roll power of Beto O’Rourke. Well, we might continue with that last one. But for now, we must rest. As of this morning, the word is out that the real, no joke Commencement Speaker for the Class of 2020 is Samie Kim Falvey ’96.

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Breaking: 2020 Commencement Speaker Announced

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Zoinks! Have you heard the news? Students and Texans alike were disappointed when this year’s Senior Soirée went by without an official announcement of the commencement speaker, but The Thrill has some insider information. Beto “Skater Boi” O’Rourke was so very pleased about The Thrill‘s endorsement that not only has he jumped back into the race (who even knew he’d dropped out?), but he’s also decided to do something for us! That’s right, Beto “#1 Rock Band Fiend” O’Rourke is Kenyon College’s Class of 2020 Commencement Speaker! Continue reading