Booker has delivered at least seven commencement speeches in the last three weeks. The Ledger investigates why the Mayor is such a popular speaker for these kinds of events, and his speech-writing process: Mayor Cory Booker is popular choice as commencement speaker.
I think one other aspect of Booker’s strategy that wasn’t disussed in this piece is recruitment for Newark’s civic institutions. The Mayor may not specifically be asking people to come and invest themselves in our city — although I’ve heard him deliver that speech as well — but his appeal for students to reach for achievements in life that matter has, I think, a strong appeal to students who feel the weight of their own potential and are looking to really do something with it.
This city is a fantastic place to channel that energy, and I think having Booker speak at their commencement might give some young people pause as they take the next steps in their early career.
Like most successful politicians, Newark Mayor Cory Booker loves the bully pulpit. He has spoken fervently in his State of the City addresses and used his words to inspire civic pride and rake in political contributions.
And with graduation season drawing to a close, he has continued to dominate another of his favorite inspirational venues. In a frenetic three weeks, he has delivered seven college commencement addresses.
More info: see Booker’s Brandeis University Commencement 2009 speech.