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