- Associated Press - Friday, May 26, 2017

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will not be attending a Vermont high school graduation to give the commencement speech as planned because of changes to his itinerary for his book tour in Europe.

St. Johnsbury Academy has announced that due to unexpected and unavoidable changes to his schedule, Sanders will not be present at the June 5 graduation and a pre-recorded video of him will be shown to students.

Dan McLean, a Sanders‘ spokesman, told the Caledonian Record (https://bit.ly/2r5iBQD) that the independent senator and former Democratic presidential candidate will be in Europe next week as part of a promotion for his book.

McLean said Friday the school was told more than a month ago about the change in Sanders‘ schedule.

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