George Washington University announced Wednesday that D.C. Chef José Andrés would deliver the university’s 2014 commencement address. Andrés, who teaches a course at GW, owns popular D.C. restaurants like Jaleo, Zaytinya, and Oyamel—-restaurants that GW students likely flock to when their parents come to town. But still, GW students and alum seemed to have wanted a bigger—-or at least more political—-name.

While there were people on social media who applauded the speaker choice, there were a whole lot of unimpressed students and alumni. Some made solid jokes, some made moderately funny jokes, and no one hid their feelings about their longing for the Bob Dole days.




Photo by Jessica Sidman.