Steven Van Zandt urges Rutgers grads to stay true to Jersey roots

15 Mai, 2017, 23:47 | Author: Claudine Rigal
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PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Musician and actor Steven Van Zandt is urging Rutgers University graduates to stay true to their Garden State roots.

Van Zandt is scheduled to give the keynote address at Rutgers' 251st commencement at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway.

Van Zandt was awarded an honorary Rutgers doctorate at the graduation for his work with Springsteen, his acting role on The Sopranos and activist work fighting apartheid in South Africa.

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NJ.com reports (http://bit.ly/2reFZYE ) Van Zandt told graduates they are in the "Jersey family" now and that "authenticity worked for Bruce".

The ceremony, which will be held rain or shine, is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Van Zandt is expected to take the stage sometime between 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., university officials said.

Van Zandt was born in Boston but grew up in Middle Township, New Jersey. He urged the crowd to be involved but to also enjoy life. And make sure you have some fun along the way. His commencement address follows President Obama's 2016 commencement speech at university's 250th anniversary. "Congratulations. Go get 'em".

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