I've been in situations where prayer was TOTALLY inappropriate and I have complained.
I hope that somehow you can and maybe will complain.
I just can't believe the college felt it was appropriate and that they didn't think they'd be in some sort of legal trouble.
I hope my university doesn't invite anyone of faith (pastor, Imam,rabbi) etc to lead us into prayer.
I doubt it would happen since we're a pretty diverse campus. We have a pretty decent Muslim student population.
It was not a gradition that I went to but a MLK remembrance ceremony. They had a pastor speaking and a choir singing. I was a bit shocked because I thought that the "higher-ups" would have used rational thinking in their decision making about college events, lol, I guess I was wrong. I left close to the end when they wanted everyone to stand up, hold hands, and sing old slave hymns.
I have to say though that the african american churches were a favorite of mine to visit when I was a christian.