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Rutgers Names Commencement Speaker


Freeman Hrabowski III, a renowned educator, mathematician and president emeritus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will be awarded an honorary doctor of letters degree when he addresses graduates at the 258th anniversary commencement of Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Rutgers Health on May 12, 2024, the Rutgers Board of Governors approved today.

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The board also approved an honorary doctor of letters degree for Rutgers alumnus Jelani Cobb, dean of the Columbia Journalism School and an award-winning author; an honorary doctor of laws degree for William Best, chair of the Rutgers Board of Governors and senior vice president at PNC Bank. Rutgers University Student Assembly Vice President Aarushi Fernandez will deliver remarks during the 10 a.m. ceremony at SHI Stadium in Piscataway.

“I am thrilled to welcome our esteemed commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients to celebrate our remarkable 2024 graduating class,” said President Jonathan Holloway. “Our students have demonstrated unwavering fortitude, adaptability and commitment on their extraordinary journey to academic success. We are excited to be putting the final touches on uplifting commencement festivities that will celebrate their achievements in style.”

Tariq Trotter, also known as Black Thought, a Philadelphia-raised rapper, singer, actor and cofounder of the Grammy Award-winning hip-hop group The Roots, will deliver remarks at Rutgers University-Newark’s commencement ceremony on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at the Prudential Center in Newark. The board also confirmed an honorary doctor of fine arts degree for Trotter.

The Rutgers University-Camden and Graduate School commencement will be Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at the Freedom Mortgage Pavilion. New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Brian Bridges will deliver the keynote address at the ceremony.

Freeman Hrabowski