NC grad accused of borrowing from speech online

May 17, 2011 - 4:43 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina law school graduation speaker accused of lifting words without citation from a popular speech circulating online is getting a pass from its author.

But North Carolina Central University officials said Tuesday they have a dimmer view of Preston Mitchum's judgment.

The Youngstown, Ohio, man delivered the humorous speech on the merits of "being average" Saturday after gaining speechwriter Anthony Corvino's permission to use excerpts from his 2010 Binghamton University commencement address.

Mitchum, the class president, told The News & Observer of Raleigh he regrets not mentioning Corvino in his speech.

Law school Dean Raymond Pierce said a disciplinary committee would convene. Mitchum's degree isn't in danger because he graduated.

Corvino told The Associated Press on Tuesday he is more honored than offended to have a wider audience.