Critics have blasted the ex-Clinton official as a ‘war criminal’ and ‘repeated genocide enabler’ and have pledged to boycott commencement if she is not disinivited.
The protests have reinvigorated the debate around Albright and her legacy.
Scripps is a prestigious all-women college in Claremont California.
It is relatively small – with just around 1,000 students.
Class President Jennie Xu booked Albright – the first woman to serve as U.S. secretary of state in early 2015.
‘She was our top choice’ Xu told the Los Angeles Times.
‘I was really, really ecstatic’.
Students and faculty did not share the enthusiasm.
Nearly 30 Scripps staff members published an open letter in the student newspaper in April expressing ‘outrage’ at the selection and declaring that they will not participate in the May 14 graduation ceremony in protest.
As former secretary of state and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Albright ‘supported several policies that led to the deaths of millions of people’ the faculty wrote.
They cited numerous examples of extreme crimes of which Albright has been accused – in Iraq – Rwanda – Yugoslavia and Colombia.