Dear Members of the University Community,
Commencement is a very special day for our students; a day to reflect on hard-earned triumphs and to look ahead with great promise. This year’s event will be held on Monday, May 16, and will once again take place at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J.
I am very pleased to announce that in addition to celebrating the accomplishments of our graduates, we will have the privilege of conferring honorary doctoral degrees upon four outstanding individuals. In an unofficial theme this year, three of our four honorary degree recipients hail from the world of journalism:
• Malcolm A. Borg is the chairman of the board of North Jersey Media Group, whose flagship publication, The Record, has grown into a regional newspaper with a national reputation. The third generation of his family to lead the newspaper, Mr. Borg also has a long record of civic and charitable contributions.
• Rami Chhabra is a leading writer, television journalist and activist from India focusing on women’s development and population issues. In addition to working with many nongovernmental organizations, she has served as a senior administrator with the government of India, assisting national family planning efforts.
• Seymour Hersh, a regular contributor to The New Yorker, is one of the nation’s foremost investigative journalists and a Pulitzer Prize winner. Mr. Hersh, who will deliver the commencement address, has authored eight books and is perhaps best known for his investigative reporting on My Lai and the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.
• Our fourth honoree is one of our very own: alumnus Richard Codey. Mr. Codey has become well known since becoming New Jersey’s acting governor in November. But he has long played a significant role in the state and has enjoyed a distinguished legislative career since 1973, when he became, at the time, the youngest legislator ever elected in New Jersey. Selected New Jersey Senate President in 2004, he has been a fierce advocate for education and health and mental health issues in particular. It’s always special when a former student makes such a powerful difference.
I know you will join with me in congratulating all our wonderful graduates and hope you will be on hand as we welcome the outstanding honorary degree recipients to Commencement.