UNION, NJ – Kean University has announced Whoopi Goldberg will speak to the Class of 2020 during a virtual Commencement ceremony on May 29. 

More than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students will attend the online event, which will feature musical performances, a virtual tassel turn, and speeches from Martin Luther King III, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, student leaders and others.

Goldberg, a New Jersey resident, is one of an elite group of artists to have won the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards. When she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as a psychic in Ghost (1990), Goldberg became just the second African American woman to win an Oscar for acting. She is best known today as a co-host of ABC's daytime talk show, The View.

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“We take great pride in announcing that Whoopi Goldberg will join us virtually for Commencement, continuing the Kean tradition of bringing insightful, important, diverse voices to celebrate our Kean graduates,” said Kean President Dawood Farahi, Ph.D.

Goldberg recently joined forces with other Garden State celebrities for the Jersey 4 Jersey TV benefit to raise money for the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund.

“Commencement is a time not only to celebrate our students’ accomplishments but to inspire them,” said Ada Morell, chairwoman of the Kean Board of Trustees. “Whoopi Goldberg is just the person to do that, and I know our graduates will benefit from hearing her message.”

The virtual commencement will premiere at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 29 at kean.edu/commencement.