Condoleezza Rice to be Keynote Speaker at Rutgers’ 248th Commencement May 18
Board of Governors Chair Gerald C. Harvey, paleoanthropologist-environmentalist Richard E.F. Leakey, entrepreneur-journalist Donald Katz will join Rice as honorary degree recipients
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Former Secretary of State, the Honorable Condoleezza Rice will be the keynote speaker at Rutgers’ 248th anniversary commencement Sunday, May 18, it was announced at today’s Board of Governors meeting in Newark.
Rice, who served from January 2005 to 2009 under President George W. Bush as the nation’s 66th secretary of state – the second woman and first African-American woman to hold the position – will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
Rutgers also will award an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree to Gerald C. Harvey, outgoing chair of the university’s Board of Governors, and an honorary Doctor of Science degree to Richard E.F. Leakey, the renowned paleoanthropologist, public servant and environmentalist. Donald Katz, founder and CEO of Audible Inc. and formerly an award-winning journalist, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree and serve as Rutgers University-Newark’s commencement speaker Wednesday, May 21 at Prudential Center.
The Honorable Condoleezza Rice.