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Jill Abramson, ousted New York Times editor, pulls out of attending Brandeis commencement

FILE - The New York Times managing editor Jill Abramson attends the 2010 Matrix Awards presented by the New York Women in Communications at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in this Monday, April 19, 2010 file photo in New York. The New York Times on Wednesday May 14, 2014 announced that executive editor Jill Abramson is being replaced by managing editor Dean Baquet after two and a half years on the job. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)

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FILE - The New York Times managing editor Jill Abramson attends the 2010 Matrix Awards presented by the New York Women in Communications at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in this Monday, April 19, 2010 file photo in New York. The New York Times on Wednesday May 14, 2014 announced that executive editor Jill Abramson is being replaced by managing editor Dean Baquet after two and a half years on the job. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)

WALTHAM, Mass. - Jill Abramson, the recently ousted executive editor of The New York Times, has backed out of attending Brandeis (BRAN'-dys) University's commencement.

The Justice student newspaper reports that Abramson told the university's president she won't be present Sunday to get an honorary degree she had been scheduled to receive.

A Brandeis spokesman confirms that Abramson informed the Boston-area university that it was "not my year to be there."

Abramson, the first woman to serve as executive editor at the Times, was fired Wednesday. Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. cited concerns about her newsroom management.

Geoffrey Canada, president and chief executive officer of Harlem Children's Zone, is Brandeis' commencement speaker.

The university earlier withdrew its offer of an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali (ah-YAHN' HUR'-see AH'-ee), a Muslim women's advocate who has made comments critical of Islam.

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