United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres will be the keynote speaker for the university’s upcoming baccalaureate commencement ceremony on May 24, the Office of the Provost announced Monday morning.
Secretary-General Guterres will receive an honorary degree from the University for his dedication to peace and social justice, according to the University press release.
“Seton Hall is fortunate to host Secretary-General Guterres as commencement speaker at this critical moment in world history," University President Joseph E. Nyre said. “I am confident His Excellency's words will be rich in wisdom, insight and inspiration.”
Guterres, the ninth Secretary-General of the U.N., took office Jan. 2017. He had served previously as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) from June 2005 to Dec. 2015 and Portugal’s prime minister from 1995 to 2002.