South Carolina State University (SCSU) administrators have announced the New Jersey senator and 2020 presidential candidate Cory Booker will be the commencement speaker for the school’s spring 2019 Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 10 at the Oliver C. Dawson Stadium.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to address the graduating class at South Carolina State University’s Commencement Ceremony. With so many challenges to take on, I believe that this generation will help to chart this nation’s course for decades to come. By coming together in this moment, we can ignite a sense of common purpose that I believe is vital in moving our country forward,” said Booker.
Booker is the first African-American elected to the U.S. Senate from New Jersey. He has been an open critic of the Trump administration and emphasized the importance of unity and fundamental American values.
Booker has also led policies that have expanded economic and equal justice, such as working to reform the broken criminal justice system, increase wages, reinforce that hard work is fairly reimbursed and protect American citizen’s rights to breathe clean air and drink clean water.