Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker to Speak to Jackson State University Graduates

The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. — Mayor Cory A. Booker of Newark, N.J., will speak to Jackson State University graduates during the university's spring undergraduate commencement Saturday.

The event is scheduled for 8 a.m. at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson.

The commencement will confer degrees on 1,321 graduates.

Booker was elected mayor of New Jersey's largest city in 2006 and was re-elected in 2010.

Booker received his bachelor's and master's degrees Stanford University and a bachelor's degree in modern history at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He has a law degree from Yale University.

Commencement for graduate students will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center on campus.

University of Pennsylvania historian Marybeth Gasman will deliver the commencement address to more than 300 graduates.

Gasman received a doctorate in higher education from Indiana University. She joined the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education in 2003.