Jill Abramson, the recently ousted executive editor of The New York Times, has decided not to participate in Brandeis University commencement exercises.

The Justice student newspaper reports that Abramson told Brandeis President Frederick Lawrence on Thursday that she would not be present to get an honorary degree she had been scheduled to receive at Sunday's graduation ceremonies.

A university spokesman confirmed Friday that she had informed the suburban Boston university that it was "not my year to be there."

Abramson, the first woman to serve as executive editor at The New York Times, was fired Wednesday. Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. said she was fired over concerns about her management of the newsroom.

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