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In this May 15 file photo, President Barack Obama, right, laughs as he sits with Bill Moyers during Rutgers University’s 250th Anniversary commencement ceremony in Piscataway, N.J. Colleges that pay for celebrities say it can impress donors and attract the attention of potential students. But steep costs for some speakers have drawn criticism in some years. According to documents obtained by The Associated Press through records requests, Rutgers University paid a $35,000 speaking fee to Moyers, even though he was later replaced as keynote speaker by Obama, who wasn’t paid a fee.

Costs of celebrity college commencement speakers can add up

Posted on May 25, 2016 at 10:41 am

BOSTON (AP) — When colleges pick their graduation speakers, many strive to put a celebrity behind the podium. It can bring prestige. It can bring publicity. And it can bring a steep bill. This year, for instance, the University of Houston paid $35,000 to book astronaut Scott Kelly...
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