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Newark mayor Cory Booker to deliver 2012 Stanford commencement speech

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Cory Booker earned a Bachelor’s degree in political science and a Masters in sociology from Stanford University about 20 years ago.

Now the Stanford graduate’s efforts to transform Newark are being recognized by the University. The Newark mayor has been announced as Commencement speaker for Stanford's 121st Commencement Weekend, June 16-17.

Booker was elected to the Associated Students of Stanford University council of presidents while at Stanford, and made the Pac-10 All-Academic team as a football player. The San Jose Mercury News reported that Booker was also involved in student government there, and operated a crisis hotline that helped young people in East Palo Alto. After leaving Stanford, Booker received a honors degree in modern history from Oxford University in 1994 and earned a Juris Doctor degree from Yale.

According to Palo Alto Online, in his efforts to reduce crime, Booker has gotten more than 100 surveillance cameras placed throughout Newark, and doubled affordable housing production. Now in his second term as Newark mayor, Booker has committed $40 million to the improvement of parks and playgrounds in a public-private partnership.

Stanford President John Hennessey said, according to, "Cory Booker, by the relatively young age of 41, has used his education and his passion for service to improve the lives of every citizen in Newark, N.J., and beyond. His leadership and accomplishments in Newark serve as a model for urban renewal in troubled places around the globe.”


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