U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey will be the commencement speaker at N.C. Central University this spring, the university announced Tuesday.
Booker, 46, the son of an NCCU graduate, will address about 700 students receiving their bachelor’s degrees from the university during a ceremony in O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium on May 14. A separate ceremony for graduate and professional students will be held the previous day in McDougald-McClendon Arena.
Booker, a Rhodes Scholar with a law degree from Yale, began his political career at age 29 when he was elected to the city council in Newark, N.J. After seven years as mayor of Newark, he was elected to the U.S. Senate during a special election in October 2013, replacing Frank Lautenburg, who had died in office.
Booker, a Democrat, was then re-elected to a full term in 2014. He is the first African-American U.S. senator from New Jersey.
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Booker’s father, the late Cary Booker, graduated from NCCU in 1962.