Haverford College's commencement controversy ended Tuesday when speaker Robert J. Birgeneau withdrew amid protest.
The former chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, had been scheduled to speak at Haverford on Sunday and receive an honorary degree. More than 40 Haverford students and three professors - all Cal alums - objected to his appearance.
Birgeneau is known for his support of undocumented and minority students, but he became controversial in 2011 when university police used force on students who, as part of the Occupy movement, held nonviolent protests over college costs.
In an e-mail to the campus, Haverford president Daniel H. Weiss said he appreciated the views of Haverford students.