Education Secretary Betsy DeVos did not receive a warm welcome Wednesday while delivering a commencement speech at Bethune-Cookman University.

Hundreds of students graduating from the historically black university in Daytona Beach, Florida, booed and turned their backs as DeVos stood up to deliver her address.

"Let's choose to hear each other out. We can choose to listen, be respectful and continue to learn from each other's experience," DeVos said in her prepared remarks, according to Politico.

At one point, university President Edison O. Jackson took the podium and tried to quiet the crowd by warning that the commencement ceremony would be cut short.

"Your degrees will be mailed to you," he threatened. "Choose which way you want to go."

Many students eventually returned to their seats, although not all. One man was escorted out by security.

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