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Left, Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner; Right, Mumia Abu-Jamal convicted for the December 1981 murder Left, Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner; Right, Mumia Abu-Jamal convicted for the December 1981 murder
PLAINFIELD, Vermont- A man serving life in prison for killing a Philadelphia police officer has been selected as a commencement speaker at his Vermont alma mater.

Goddard College, a liberal arts college in Plainfield with 600 students, says on its website that Mumia Abu-Jamal's recorded remarks will be played Sunday at a commencement for graduates of Goddard College. Goddard College is a liberal arts college in Plainfield, VT.

On the school's website, Bob Kenny, the school's interim president, is quoted as saying the graduates' selection of Abu-Jamal reflects "their freedom to engage and think radically and critically in a world that often sets up barriers to do just that."

Abu-Jamal was sentenced to death for killing Officer Daniel Faulkner on December 9, 1981. However, he was re-sentenced to life in 2012. He graduated from Goddard in 1996.

The decision to allow Abu-Jamal to deliver the commencement speech has been met with widespread anger. The officer's wife says it's not appropriate and called the decision despicable.

Goddard students who are receiving bachelor of arts or fine arts degrees Sunday chose Abu-Jamal, who received a bachelor's degree from Goddard in 1996.

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