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Rutgers University President to Speak at ACCC Graduation

May 14, 2008

Richard L. McCormick, president of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, will deliver the keynote address to Atlantic Cape Community College's Class of 2008 at the school's 41st annual commencement at 4 p.m., Thursday, May 29.

The 19th president of Rutgers earned his B.A. in American studies from Amherst College in 1969 and his Ph.D. in history from Yale University in 1976. McCormick began his career as an assistant professor of history at Rutgers, New Brunswick. He rose through the ranks to become professor of history, chair of the department of history and dean of the faculty of arts and sciences. In 1992, McCormick moved to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he served as executive vice chancellor, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. In 1995 he became president of the University of Washington where he served until returning to Rutgers in 2002.

A recognized scholar of American political history, McCormick is the author of three books and numerous articles. In 1985, he held a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship as well as a Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Fellowship. He is actively involved in a number of national and international education organizations including the Association of American Universities.

The commencement ceremony will be held on the archery field near Jonathan Pitney Hall at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. In case of rain, the ceremony will be moved indoors to the gymnasium, with overflow simulcast in the Walter Edge Theater.

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