Just one day after announcing that rapper Common would be its commencement speaker, Kean University in Union, New Jersey, has cancelled his appearance.
New Jersey State Police spokesman Steve Jones told The Record, "We can't control who the university invites to speak. However, we will continue our efforts to make the public aware of Joanne Chesimard's escape and life on the lam and continue to seek her return to New Jersey and justice."
A Kean University spokesperson says in a statement: "The students expressed interest in Common because he composed the Oscar-winning song 'Glory' with our prior commencement speaker John Legend. While we respect his talent, Kean is pursuing other speaker options."