Whoopi Goldberg, acclaimed actress and performer, producer and author, received an honorary degree and addressed Montclair State University's Class of 2007 at their graduation ceremony at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford today.
Goldberg received an honorary Doctor of Letters, one of the six honorary doctorates the University bestowed during a week of convocation ceremonies leading up to graduation day.
This year's graduating class at Montclair State totaled 3,396 students - the largest in the University's 99-year history. The University awarded 2,504 bachelor's degrees, 882 master's degrees and 10 doctoral degrees.
In addition to Goldberg, honorary degrees at graduation ceremonies this year went to:
- Bobbi Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics;
- José L. Fuentes, Judge, Appellate Division, Superior Court of New Jersey;
- Maxine Greene, educational philosopher and the William F. Russell Professor in the Foundations of Education (emerita) at Columbia University Teachers College;
- Alan I. Leshner, Chief Executive Officer, American Association for the Advancement of Science and Executive Publisher, Science; and
- Kevin Ryan, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Children and Families.