Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Speak at 2018 Commencement



Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to speak at NYU’s 186th all-university commencement.

Sakshi Venkatraman, News Editor

In a video posted to NYU’s official Facebook page Monday afternoon, Student Body President Juan Calero revealed the 2018 commencement speaker to be Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Trudeau, who is known for his liberal politics, good looks and personable nature, will speak at the all-university event on May 16 at Yankee Stadium. Previous commencement speakers have included Pharrell Williams in 2017, Alec Baldwin in 2010 and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in 2012. Both former President Bill and former Secretary of State and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore have been featured, as well.  

“I’m very excited, let’s see if he outdoes Pharrell,” Calero said in the video.

Trudeau will also be one of the six to receive an honorary degree from NYU this spring. He will be joined by NASA’s Voyager Mission Team members John Casani, Suzanne Dodd and Edward Stone, as well as NYU Law Professor and Founder of the Equal Justice Initiative Bryan Stevenson, United Therapeutics Chair and CEO Martine Rothblatt and Didi Chuxing President Jean Liu.  

“We’re very excited that Prime Minister Trudeau will receive an honorary degree from NYU and will be speaking to grads and their parents at the 2018 All-University Commencement,” NYU Spokesperson John Beckman said in a statement to WSN. “All of our honorees are selected because of their achievements and leadership in the many fields for which NYU trains its graduates — public service, the law, the sciences, to name just a few. They exemplify what we hope our graduates will go on to achieve and the contributions they will make to society.”

The all-university commencement starts at 11 a.m. and will conclude at 12:30 p.m.


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