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Hill, Latifah to give graduation speeches at Rutgers, receive honorary doctorates

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Anita Hill and Queen Latifah will receive honorary doctorate degrees from Rutgers University and be commencement speakers this spring.

Hill became a national figure in 1991 when she accused then-U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. She testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee during Thomas’ confirmation hearings that he made unwanted sexual comments toward her.

Hill is currently a professor of social policy, law, and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at Brandeis University. She will give the commencement speech to Rutgers University - Camden at Rutgers Law School’s Camden location at the BB&T Pavilion on the Camden Waterfront at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 17. 

Singer, actress and producer Queen Latifah was born in Newark and raised in East Orange. The award-winning entertainer created a scholarship foundation for low-income youth and has worked to prevent home foreclosures in disadvantaged neighborhoods. She will give the commencement address at Rutgers University - Newark on Monday, May 14, at the Prudential Center.

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David Hutter

David Hutter grew up in Darien, Connecticut, and covers higher education, transportation, and economic development for NJBIZ. He can be reached at dhutter@njbiz.com

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