Temple University’s 131st Commencement ceremony is only one month away, and anticipation is high. Each year, speeches from students and guest speakers aim to motivate and excite graduates.
New Jersey Democratic Senator Cory Booker will be this year’s commencement speaker. On May 10, the senator will take stage in the Liacouras Center to deliver his speech.
Booker joins Philadelphia Tribune President and CEO Robert Bogle and Visit Philadelphia President and CEO Meryl Levitz in this year’s group of honorary degree recipients. Honorary degrees are bestowed to leaders from various backgrounds and fields whose accomplishments epitomize the university’s standards.
The U.S. senator received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, where he was also awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. Cooker later studied at the University of Oxford, where he received an honors degree in History. Booker then completed his education at Yale Law School, receiving his J.D. in 1997.
Booker started his career by moving to Newark and creating a nonprofit organization to provide legal assistance for low-income families. He worked with landlords to help improve living conditions and allow residents to stay in their homes.
Beginning his political career began at the age of 29, Booker was elected to the Newark City Council from the city’s Central Ward. Starting in 2006, Booker served as Newark’s mayor for more than seven years. On October 16, 2013, Booker won a special election to represent New Jersey in the United States Senate. On November 4, 2014, Senator Booker was re-elected to a full six year term.
Senator Booker has worked tirelessly to tackle important issues facing New Jersey and his country. Whether it’s campaigning for more federal resources to improve New Jersey’s transportation system, securing funds to continue recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy, or advocating for community health, Booker has proven his commitment to the public.
Cory Booker’s visit to Temple this May won’t be his first. He spoke at the memorial service for Trustee Lewis Katz back in 2014.
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