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Newark Mayor Cory Booker to Speak at MCCC Commencement May 24

5/9/12

WHEN:  Thursday, May 24 at 5:30 p.mStudents will begin lining up in cap and gown at 5 p.m.

WHERE:  The college’s central quadrangle on the West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  (In the event of rain, ceremonies will be held in the Physical Education Building and telecast to Kelsey Theatre and the Communications building.)

WHO:

  • The college estimates that 1,084 students will be graduating this year.
  • The keynote speaker will be Newark Mayor Cory Booker
  • The student speaker will be Norman Glover of East Windsor, a mature student and Vietnam veteran who achieved his college education while working full time and raising a family.
  • During the ceremony one of Mercer's faculty members will receive the MCCC Distinguished Teaching Award. Each year the name of the awardee is kept secret until the presentation.

Honors:  Also on May 24, an Honors Convocation begins at 3 p.m. at Kelsey Theatre for top students who are receiving scholarships and awards. 

The Honorable Cory A. Booker is the Mayor of Newark, New Jersey who took the oath of office July 1, 2006. He was re-elected to a second term on May 11, 2010. He says his mission is to set a national standard for urban transformation by marshalling resources to achieve security, economic abundance and an environment that is nurturing and empowering for individuals and families.

Mayor Booker’s political career began in 1998, after serving as Staff Attorney for the Urban Justice Center in Newark. He rose to prominence as Newark’s Central Ward Councilman. During his four years of service from 1998-2002, then-Councilman Booker earned a reputation as a leader with innovative ideas and bold actions, from increasing security in public housing to building new playgrounds. This work was the foundation for his leadership as Mayor.  For this work, he has been recognized in numerous publications, including, among others, Time, Esquire, New Jersey Monthly (naming him as one of New Jersey’s top 40 under 40), Black Enterprise (naming him to the Hot List, America’s Most Powerful Players under 40) and The New York Times Magazine.

Reflecting his commitment to education, Mayor Booker is a member of numerous boards and advisory committees including Democrats for Education Reform, Columbia University Teachers’ College Board of Trustees and the Black Alliance for Educational Options. Mayor Booker received his B. A. and M. A. from Stanford University, a B. A. in Modern History at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and completed his law degree at Yale University.

Student speaker Norman Glover, of East Windsor, had a long career in the trucking industry before beginning college. After completing his associate degree in Business Management through MCCC this spring, he has been hired as vice president of All Chemical Transport. “If I had gotten the education earlier I would have gotten there sooner. You have to keep learning,” he said.

A Vietnam veteran who also spent a year in Brussels during the war, Glover quit high school in 11th grade to enter the army in 1967. Bensalem High School chose to award him a diploma, which his father accepted while he was abroad.

Taking eight years to complete his degree while raising a family, Glover said he had great instructors at Mercer and plans on continuing his education. “There is no elevator to the top. You have to take the stairs,” he said.

“My education made me a more well-rounded person in the business world. I can speak more intelligently because I understand what people are saying, and I’m better able to deal with people outside of my industry.

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