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Dr. Ben Carson Withdraws as Speaker

April 10, 2013

Dear Colleagues,

I want to share with you that Dr. Ben Carson informed me today that he has decided to withdraw as speaker for the 2013 Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine convocation. With his permission, I am sharing his email below.


Paul B. Rothman, M.D.
Dean of the Medical Faculty
CEO, Johns Hopkins Medicine


Dear Dean Rothman,

Given all the national media surrounding my statements as to my belief in traditional marriage, I believe it would be in the best interests of the students for me to voluntarily withdraw as your commencement speaker this year. My presence is likely to distract from the true celebratory nature of the day. Commencement is about the students and their successes, and it is not about me. I want to make certain that remains so. Someday in the future, it is my hope and prayer that the emphasis on political correctness will decrease and we will start emphasizing rational discussion of differences so we can actually resolve problems and chart a course that is inclusive of everyone.

Warm regards,

Ben Carson