United States Senator Cory Booker h18, shares his congratulations and well-wishes to the class of 2020. Senator Booker is an honorary member of the class of 2018, and gave the keynote address on Class Day.
Booker was born in Washington, D.C., grew up in Harrington Park, New Jersey, and attended Northern Valley Regional High School. He graduated from Stanford University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and earned a Master of Arts in sociology the following year. Booker was a tight end on Stanford’s football team, making the Pac-10 All-Academic team, and served as the class president his senior year. A Rhodes Scholar, Booker studied United States history at the University of Oxford. He received a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1997.
Booker was elected mayor of Newark, New Jersey, in 2006 after serving on the City Council and working with various nonprofit organizations within the city. In 2013, he announced his candidacy for and was elected as a U.S. Sen. for New Jersey. In that role, he sits on the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Committee on the Judiciary, Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Committee on Environment and Public Works. Most recently, Senator Booker sought the presidential nomination for the Democratic Party and held events across the nation. He is a long-standing advocate of social justice, equitable access to education, and environmental protections.
We are grateful for his interest in recognizing the graduating class of Princeton University and other educational institutions across New Jersey.