The institution has long been a lightening rod for controversy. Progressives are clearly not welcomed. Not long ago, for instance, the university revoked recognition of the College Democrats organization but not the College Republicans.
LGBT students, in particular, are not welcomed. More than ten years ago, the university banned all LGBT student groups.
Incoming students must sign a pledge not to engage in any same-sex activities or relations with any transgender person. Only "Biblically ordained marriage" between a man and woman is permitted for students.
Trump has long praised Liberty University. Given that he only pretends to be religious, one might conclude he's simply pandering, once more, to far-right conservative evangelicals.
He has spoken at Liberty before. He also offered the Education Secretary position to Falwell Jr., who declined.
So we're left wondering -- why is a man who claims he's pro-LGBT giving his first commencement as President to a stridently anti-LGBT institution?