Dustin Lance Black Accepts Apology, Will Speak At Alma Mater's Commencement
It looks like Oscar winner and Pasadena City College alum Dustin Lance Black is willing to put the ugliness of being dis-invited from speaking at his alma mater's graduation behind him. (Black's invitation was rescinded based on controversy surrounding his 2009 sex photos theft and leak.)
Following PCC's apology and renewed invitation, Black has agreed to speak at commencement.
"I've said it before and I'll say it again,” Black told the campus newspaper. “It will be my honor to deliver the commencement address for PCC's graduating class of 2014."
Los Angeles Times columnist Robin Abcarian spoke with PCC student trustee Simon Fraser, who originally extended Black's invitation; Fraser said:
“I’m ecstatic,” he told me Saturday. “I’m glad that Black can be forgiving and be willing to put the ugliness of the way that this all happened behind him to give a fantastic commencement experience to all our students.”
His sentiments were echoed by PCC President Mark W. Rocha:
In a news release Saturday, Rocha said he was delighted that Black had agreed to speak. “Mr. Black’s career represents a rare blend of public leadership and creativity,” Rocha said in a statement. “Additionally, he has generously committed his attention and resources to fighting for LGBTQ equality, the arts, and — not least of all — education.”
We think it's a classy move on Black's part and the students will benefit from hearing from such an accomplished alum.
What do you think of Black's decision, Instincters?
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