It had appeared that Rutgers reneged on an offer to former football player Eric LeGrand. LeGrand said on social media that he was going to accept an offer to speak at the Rutgers commencement, before they introduced another speaker before telling him.
That led to some backlash for the university and they have addressed the issue in a statement.
The statement from Rutgers university president Robert Barchi read, “Eric LeGrand will speak at our Commencement and personally receive his degree from me as a representative of the Class of 2014.
“It was never our intention that Eric would be the only speaker. We have resolved that miscommunication and are delighted to have him participate.
“Eric holds a special place in the hearts of the Class of 2014 and the entire university community. We are thrilled that he will join us on stage to make this special occasion ever more memorable.”
It was the right move for Rutgers to address the issue.
If they had not done so, it would have been another black eye on the university and they would have turned their back on a great young man who has fought so hard to be a professional and carry himself to the best of his ability. It is great to see that he will receive another well-deserved honor.