Former New Jersey Governor Thomas H. Kean delivers Rutgers' 2014 Commencement Address.
Former New Jersey Governor Thomas H. Kean delivers Rutgers’ 2014 Commencement Address.

On Sunday, May 18th, Rutgers University graduated the class of 2014 at the Commencement at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway. After extensive controversy surrounding the selection of a Commencement speaker, including an initial selection of Condoleezza Rice that was debated in an enormous public debate by the Rutgers University Debate Union (RUDU), former New Jersey Governor Thomas H. Kean was selected to give this year’s Commencement Address.

In that speech, Kean praised many aspects of Rutgers University and its current graduating class. But he reserved special citation for just a few groups, including RUDU itself.

“So no matter where your journey takes you, I hope you’ll always remember: take pride in Rutgers, because you should… Your student debate team is the second-best in the country,” Kean said.

The entire speech can be seen here.

Kean’s remarks about the Debate Union come in the fourth minute of the seventeen-minute speech (including introduction).

Kean was referring to RUDU’s second-place finish at the National Championships. Kean gave special praise to Rutgers’ status as a state school. Rutgers is only the third state school ever to appear in the National Finals of the American Parliamentary Debate Association (APDA) Championships. The United States Naval Academy (1984) won the tournament and the University of Virginia (2003) also finished second.