Queen Latifah has been confirmed by The Rutgers University Board of Governors as the keynote speaker at the Rutgers University spring commencement ceremony. The Newark, New Jersey native was selected for this honor by a committee of students, faculty and staff to take the stage at the Prudential Center. Queen Latifah will receive an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the University as well.
“Queen Latifah is inspiring to us as students because she always projects herself through her work as a strong woman” says Adebumpe Elegbeyle, Rutgers University undergrad student and also a member of the committee which selected Queen Latifah.
“She shows young women that we can do that too and young men that they need to respect that” continues Elegbeyle.
A Hip-Hop icon and trailblazing entertainer both on and off stage, Queen Latifah is well deserving. A career that encompasses accolades from a Grammy award, a Golden Globe, BET Awards and more, Queen Latifah’s recognition for her artistic skills comes with great humility. Queen Latifah continuously gives back, especially to her native Newark community.
Founding a scholarship fund for low income youth, Queen Latifah has helped many obtain post-secondary education. She has also worked to mitigate home foreclosures in disadvantaged neighborhoods and received recognition from Newark Beth Israel Medical Center for her humanitarian efforts.
“Queen Latifah has been a consistent supporter of Newark and a source of inspiration for creative people and entrepreneurs in our city and throught the world. She is an inspiring role model of excellence for Rutgers – Newark . I have seen, up close her creative spirit, entrepreneurial drive and deep-rooted connection to inclusive urban community revitalization” says Lyneir Richardson, Executive Director of The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at Rutgers – Newark.
The commencement ceremony will take place May 14 2018.