With less than a month left until graduation, Montclair State still does not have a guest lined up to speak at the commencement ceremony this year.
Students are not pleased because the university’s original choice, football player Victor Cruz, is no longer speaking due to miscommunication. According to The Montclarion, Cruz never agreed to speak because the dates did not work for him.
Farhana Mukith, a junior business hospitality management major, was reflecting on how Rutgers was able to get Barack Obama, the president at the time, to speak at their graduation last year. “I definitely wouldn’t want Donald Trump to speak at commencement,” Mukith said. “How about Drake? I love him.”
Mukith was annoyed that another university so close to us was able to get such a great speaker last year, yet Montclair State can’t find anyone for this year. She hopes that next year at her graduation, the university steps up their game.
Mukith wasn’t aware that the football player was even asked to speak at this year’s commencement ceremony. She doesn’t care much for Cruz, but thinks that having options is better than having no idea who will be the speaker.
Last year, the university selected Don Garber, Commissioner of Major League Soccer and Montclair resident, to deliver the commencement address. After Obama spoke at Rutgers, students at Montclair State have very high expectations for who will speak at future commencements.
With less than a month left until the commencement ceremony, students have no idea who will be giving the commencement address to the Montclair State graduates and their families. Commencement is scheduled for Thursday, May 25 at 9 a.m.
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