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Her criticism of public schools characterized as at odds with the university's mission, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos drew protests before and during her keynote address Monday at the University of Baltimore's winter commencement. Most in the audience remained seated at the start of her speech but graduates slowly rose as the minutes ticked by. Ultimately, a few dozen stood and turned their backs, some also raising their fists. One faculty member joined the protest from on stage. Outside, before the ceremony, a few dozen protesters gathered, including a handful of University of Baltimore professors. DeVos seemed to allude to the opposition in her remarks, which touched on the current tone of public discourse in the country. University president Kurt Schmoke has defended his invitation to the Trump cabinet member, saying that the university stands for debate on controversial issues and that having the country’s top education official on campus is important for the institution. (Baltimore Sun photos by Amy Davis and Lloyd Fox)