Kean University to Hold 149th Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
UNION, N.J. –Kean University will hold its 149th Commencement ceremonies on Thursday, May 6, at 9:30 a.m. at the PNC Bank Arts Center, located off exit 116 on the Garden State Parkway in Holmdel, N.J. Nearly 2,000 undergraduate students are expected to receive their degrees.
“At Kean, we are proud to have played a role in the education and shaping of tomorrow’s leaders. I know that each of our graduates will continue to grow that pride in each of us,” said Kean University President Dawood Farahi. “And we are honored that Gov. James E. McGreevey, a champion of education in the state of New Jersey, will be joining us in celebrating this joyous occasion.”
McGreevey will be the featured keynote speaker at this year’s ceremony. Despite fiscal challenges of historic levels in his first two years as the state's chief executive, he has made education a top priority, with a strong focus on literacy. To ensure that children can read well by the end of the third grade, the state put reading coaches in 100 schools and encouraged children to read by creating the Governor's Book Club. In addition, New Jersey has undertaken the largest school construction project in the country – $8.6 billion over the next 10 years.
There will be four honorary degrees bestowed by the University during
the ceremony. Trustee Kenneth L. Estabrook, Esq., who died on November
13, 2003, at 79 years of age, will receive a posthumous Doctor of Laws
(L.L.D.). Anne Evans Estabrook, president of the Elberon Development Co.
and the first female chair of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Board
of Directors, will accept the honor on behalf of her late husband.
A band proud of its New Jersey roots, Bon Jovi was at the forefront of the entertainment community’s efforts to aid the families affected by the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Shortly after the tragedies, Bon Jovi participated at two concerts for the Monmouth County Alliance of Neighbors in Red Bank, N.J., to raise funds for the families close to the band members’ hometowns. Bon Jovi also performed at the monumental Concert for New York at Madison Square Garden, raising relief funds and honoring those who worked to save lives immediately following the disaster.
Malin Falu, one of the most recognizable voices in the Spanish-speaking community, will also receive a Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.). Whether as a radio personality, ordained minister or healing therapist, she has touched thousands of lives in the greater metropolitan area. A native of Santurce, Puerto Rico, Falu worked for more than 25 years as a talk-show host for a variety of Spanish-language radio stations in New York, including co-hosting Radio WADO 1280-AM’s morning-drive show, WADO Reloj.
A self-described sensitive, practical and spiritual person, Falu is an
ordained minister, licensed to conduct weddings and baptisms in the state
of New York. In addition, she waged a bid for a seat in the New York State
Senate in 2002, for District 28, which encompasses parts of the South
and West Bronx, Roosevelt Island, North Yorkville and Washington Heights,
and is a breast-cancer survivor who has committed herself to educating
others about the disease.