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2018 Spring Commencement Speakers Announced

The speakers at this year’s graduate and undergraduate commencements have been announced.

According to a statement released by President Grey Dimenna, Esq., Jimmy Jam Harris will speak at the undergraduate ceremony, which will be held on Wednesday, May 9, at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ.

Moleen Madziva will speak at the graduate ceremony, which will be held in the OceanFirst Bank Center on campus on May 10.

“We are especially glad to welcome two very accomplished speakers to our undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies this year,” said Dimenna. 

Harris, often known just “Jimmy Jam,” is a world-renowned musician, songwriter, and producer who has jointly written or produced 16 Billboard number-one hits and 26 R&B number one hit songs, according to the statement. Harris will also receive an honorary degree at the ceremony.

Harris is also a board member at the Grammy Museum, an affiliate of Monmouth University.

Commencement Speakers 2Madziva, a University alum, is the founder of the Macheke Sustainability Project, an organization that works to support sustainable farming in Macheke, a community in Zimbabwe. Her project has engaged a number of University faculty and administrators over the past several years, according to Dimenna. 

It is expected that more than 1,000 undergraduate and 500 graduate students will walk at their respective commencements.