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Eric LeGrand will speak at Rutgers commencement after all

Rutgers president blames 'miscommunication.' Jason Butt

Print This May 06, 2014, 02:59 PM EST

Eric LeGrand will speak at Rutgers' commencement ceremony after all.

After being uninvited as a commencement speaker to replace former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Rutgers reached back out to the former Rutgers football player to speak to this year's class of graduating students. He'll speak along with former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean.

This came after LeGrand told NJ.com that he was first invited and later uninvited to speak, marking the latest public relations failure the school has experienced of late.

LeGrand confirmed he spoke with Rutgers President Robert Barchi, who asked him to join Kean.

"After speaking with Pres. Barchi I will join Gov. Kean speaking at @RutgersU graduating class of 2014. Lets keep the focus on the graduates," LeGrand wrote on his personal twitter account.

Barchi released a statement, via USA TODAY Sports, blaming a miscommunication as to why LeGrand was uninvited.

“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."

 

It's actually surprising to see Rutgers rectify a situation after seeing chaos break loose once again.

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