Rutgers Pays Toni Morrison for Commencement Talk

First time Rutgers pays for a commencement speaker

Friday, Mar 25, 2011  |  Updated 10:30 AM EDT
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Rutgers Pays Toni Morrison for Commencement Talk

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For the first time, New Jersey's flagship university will pay a commencement speaker.

Rutgers is planning to pay Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison $30,000 to give the main address at the university's commencement in May.

Traditionally, schools have lured speakers with honorary degrees instead of cash. However, other schools have started using money to attract big-name speakers.

Rutgers spokesman Ken Branson told The Record newspaper that neither state funds nor tuition money will pay the fee. He could not say whether the money was coming from a private donation.

Rutgers has moved its ceremony this year from a grassy mall on its College Avenue campus to its football stadium, which seats more than 50,000.
      
 

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