New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is set to address the Ramapo College class of 2014 at its commencement ceremony this Friday, the school announced.
The high-profile politician will join the families and friends of graduates at the Izod Center. This is the second year in a row that the college is hosting its ceremony there, and not on its Mahwah campus. Last year, more than 13,000 people attended the graduation exercises.
Booker, who grew up in Bergen County and was a star athlete at Northern Valley High School in Old Tappan, has been attracting political attention since his tenure as the mayor of the city of Newark. He won a special election last October to replace late New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg.
In his commencement address, Booker has big shoes to fill. The past four years have seen Assemblyman Timothy Eustace, Broadcaster and Mahwah resident Chris Wragge, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and Senator Bob Menendez speak to Ramapo graduates.