Stockton University graduation prep

Stockton University is having their graduation on Friday in Atlantic City at Boardwalk Hall for the 1st time off campus. Some 1,330 students will be graduating. May 11, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — Gov. Phil Murphy will give the commencement speech at Stockton University’s spring 2018 graduation ceremony, the college announced in February.

“We are honored that Gov. Murphy has accepted our invitation to speak,” Stockton President Harvey Kesselman said. “As we prepare to open our Atlantic City campus in fall 2018, we are thrilled that the governor will be here to share our enthusiasm for the city and its future.”

Murphy, a Democrat who was elected in November, will address nearly 2,000 graduates and more than 10,000 guests during the ceremony at noon May 11 inside Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. This year's ceremony will be live streamed on Stockton's website and Facebook page

Stockton is in the midst of a multimillion-dollar construction project to open its Atlantic City campus. The college moved its baccalaureate ceremony to the city from its Galloway campus last year. 

Murphy is a graduate of Harvard University and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. After retiring from Goldman Sachs, he served as U.S. ambassador to Germany from 2009 to 2013.

Murphy has served as New Jersey’s representative on the board of the NAACP and finance chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He has led national task forces on education.

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I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. I joined The Press in 2015. In 2013, I was awarded a NJPA award for feature writing as a reporter for The Current of Hamilton Township.

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