UMass undergrad Commencement Ceremony, May 8th
If UMass can spend a little over $300,000 on three "artists" for a free musical concert at the Mullins Center to attract students away from a boorish Blarney Blowout style of celebration, I sure don't have a problem with paying Neil deGrasse Tyson $25,000 (plus expenses) for this year's Commencement speech.
As I've mentioned more than once, last year's Blarney Blowout cost the University and Town more than a million in bad PR. And had this year's event stumbled down the same sorry path, you could have easily doubled that amount.
College graduation is a once in a lifetime event. Let's hope Mr. Tyson presents a memorable, out of this world, speech.