CAMDEN, NJ – Neal Katyal, the former Acting U.S. Solicitor General, headlines the notable speakers set to deliver keynote addresses during commencement ceremonies for the graduating Class of 2019 at Rutgers University–Camden.
About 1,300 students will receive their bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and Juris Doctor degrees during five separate events at the BB&T Pavilion on the Camden Waterfront on Wednesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 23.
Katyal will deliver remarks at the Rutgers Law School commencement ceremony at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 23. He is the Paul Saunders Professor at Georgetown University Law Center and a partner with Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C.
As Acting Solicitor General of the United States, Katyal argued several major Supreme Court cases, including his successful defenses of the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and of former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft for alleged abuses in the war on terror. In his first Supreme Court argument, Katyal won Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, the case that shut down the Guantanamo military tribunals.
Katyal is the recipient of the Edmund Randolph Award, the highest award given to a civilian by the U.S. Department of Justice. He was named American Lawyer’s Litigator of the Year last year, selected among all attorneys in the United States.
Katyal and Kenneth C. Frazier, board chair and CEO of Merck & Co., will receive Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Rutgers–Camden at the Rutgers Law School ceremony. Frazier will offer accepting remarks.
Ernest Grant, president of the American Nurses Association, will be the keynote speaker at the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden commencement at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22. Grant is the first African American to serve as ANA president and formerly vice president, in addition to being the first African American male nurse to lead the North Carolina Nurses Association as president.
Later that day at 2 p.m., Wendy Osefo, an assistant professor of education at John Hopkins University and a national political commentator, will deliver remarks at The Graduate School commencement exercises. Osefo, a 2016 graduate of Rutgers–Camden with a Ph.D. in public affairs, is an award-winning researcher, television personality, and political commentator and strategist, as well as the founder and CEO of The 1954 Equity Project. This nonprofit provides resources, tools, and mentorship to underrepresented minority students to succeed in higher education.
Rounding out Wednesday at 6 p.m. for the College of Arts and Sciences and University College is Patrick Harker, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Harker participates on the Federal Open Market Committee, which formulates the nation’s monetary policy. He formerly served as president of the University of Delaware, where he was also a professor of business administration, and civil and environmental engineering.
Frank Giordano, president and CEO of the Philly POPS and executive director of the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, will be the keynote speaker at the Rutgers School of Business–Camden commencement on Thursday, May 23 at 2 p.m. As president of the Philly POPS since 2011, Giordano, a 1972 graduate of Rutgers School of Business–Camden, is credited with applying for-profit strategies to a struggling nonprofit, leading the POPS to unprecedented success in ticket sales, contributed revenue, community engagement, and artistic expression.
For more information on Rutgers–Camden commencement ceremonies, visit camden.rutgers.edu/commencement.