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Posted: May 12, 2014 7:41 PM by Michael Marsh
Updated: May 12, 2014 7:41 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Christine Lagarde, International Monetary Fund, IMF, Smith College, commencement speaker

BOSTON- Because of student and faculty protests, the head of the International Monetary Fund withdrew as the commencement speaker for Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Christine Lagarde was the focus of venom on campus and the college says it was clear that many did not want her and it would have distracted from a joyous occasion.

An online petition with hundreds of signatures claims Lagarde represents a corrupt system that fuels oppression and abuse of women worldwide.

The President of Smith College says she stands by her decision to invite Lagarde, the first female to hold the top position at the IMF.

Now, Ruth Simmons, the former Smith and Brown University President, will step in as the commencement speaker.

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