U.S President Barack Obama will be addressing more than 12,000 graduating students at Rutgers University's 250th anniversary commencement, the school announced on Thursday.

The ceremony to be held at 12:30 p.m on May 15 at the New Brunswick campus' High Point Solutions Stadium could seen more than 52,000 guests, the news release said. This will be the first time a sitting president has ever agreed to speak at the university's commencement.

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“President Obama’s decision is a testament to the enthusiastic efforts of Rutgers students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as members of the New Jersey Congressional Delegation, who sent numerous messages to the White House urging the president to join our 250th anniversary graduation ceremony,” said Rutgers University President Robert Barchi

More than 12,000 graduates, representing 22 academic units from Rutgers- New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences are slated to received the degrees at the ceremony, the release said. 

Next month's commencement is a part of Rutgers 250, a yearlong celebration that culminates on Nov. 10, the 250th anniversary of the birth of Queen's College which became Rutgers College in 1825, the release said. 

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