Earlier this year, Barchi acknowledged that the university has "even heard from high school students who have written to say that they would withdraw their Rutgers applications if we rescind-or fail to rescind-our invitation to her."
"Now is the time to focus on our commencement, a day to celebrate the accomplishments and promising futures of our graduates," he said Saturday. "We look forward to joining them and their families on May 18, 2014."
Barchi said Kean's career as a public servant, educator, and statesman "speaks to
the civility, integrity, and vision that we hope will guide our graduates as
they pursue their careers or further their studies."
Kean also served as co-chairman of the commission that investigated the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
"He is a national role
model as a statesman who built bridges across partisan, racial, ethnic, and
ideological divides for the sole purpose of improving the quality of life
for the people he served," Barchi said. "We are honored that he has accepted our
invitation to address our graduates."
Kean served as Governor of New Jersey from 1982 until 1990. From 1990 until 2005, ean served as the president of Drew University
Kean, who received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Rutgers in
1982, will not accept a speaking fee for his remarks.
"I look forward to a day of joy and celebration for our graduating students
and their families, and I am glad that Gov. Kean will be able to share his
wisdom with our Class of 2014," Barchi said.