An award-winning singer and actress is delivering this year’s commencement address at Rutgers University-Newark. The university announced on Wednesday that Newark native Queen Latifah will address the class of 2018 as the commencement speaker during the upcoming ceremony.

According to the university’s news release, one reason she was chosen to be the commencement speaker is because she serves as an inspiration to the students. “Queen Latifah is inspiring to us as students because she always projects herself through her work as a strong woman,” undergraduate student and selection committee member Adebimpe Elegbeleye said. “She shows young women that we can do that too and young men that they need to respect that.” The icon and humanitarian will also receive an honorary doctorate in fine arts.

Meanwhile, another feminist icon was chosen to speak at the commencement ceremony for Rutgers University-Camden. reports that attorney and law professor Anita Hill will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary doctorate of laws. Rutgers-Camden Chancellor Phoebe Haddon said in the university’s news release that Hill “is the ideal role model to charge graduating students to take what they learned at Rutgers-Camden and work to improve their communities and world.”

Previous commencement day speakers at Rutgers University-Newark include Interfaith Youth Core founder Eboo Patel, broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation President Earl Lewis and Audible CEO Donald Katz. This year’s ceremony for Rutgers-Newark will take place May 14 at the Prudential Center in New Jersey.

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Social Media Reacts to Queen Latifah Delivering the Commencement Speech at Rutgers University-Newark

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