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Gianforte to speak at Tech, Rocky graduation

By The Associated Press
Published On: Apr 02 2014 10:14:43 AM MDT
BILLINGS, Mont. -

Rocky Mountain College has chosen former software company executive Greg Gianforte as the graduation speaker for the Billings school just days after students and faculty at Montana Tech threatened to boycott graduation ceremonies if Gianforte is allowed to speak.

Tech students and faculty argue the Gianforte Family Foundation has donated money to a Glendive dinosaur museum that holds a biblical perspective that the world was created a few thousand years ago. Professors say those beliefs are directly opposed to the science taught on campus.

Greg Gianforte says he and his wife plan to speak about their engineering careers at Tech's May 17 graduation ceremony.

RMC President Bob Wilmouth tells The Billings Gazette he felt Gianforte would be a good speaker because business is the school's largest department and everyone is involved in technology in some way.