Mayor Ed Murray will no longer be the keynote speaker next month at a commencement ceremony for the Seattle Colleges.
The mayor was slated to headline the June 16 ceremony at Safeco Field, the first ever to include students from all four Seattle Colleges locations. But a decision was made this week for him not to attend, spokesman Benton Strong said.
Strong wouldn’t say whether the change was related to fallout from a lawsuit filed last month accusing Murray of child sexual abuse decades ago. The mayor has denied the allegations in the lawsuit and similar claims by three men who are not plaintiffs in it.
“Mayor Murray will not be speaking at the Seattle Colleges commencement. His office worked with Seattle Colleges on the decision based on their needs and the demands of the mayor’s schedule,” Strong said in a statement.