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Rutgers spent nearly $1.5M for Obama’s commencement speech

Feb 25, 2017 by


Then-President Obama gave keynote commencement speech at Rutgers in 2016

Rutgers University spent nearly $1.5million on its 2016 commencement ceremony because of that year’s keynote speaker, then-President Barack Obama.

The hefty price tag is $523,000 more than it cost the university the year before, when its commencement speaker was Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy,’ according to NJ Advance Media.

A final accounting by the university found that most of the money was spent on the extensive security measures needed to accommodate the president as well as the record crowd that witnessed the event at the school’s football stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey.

The university used the funds to pay for more police officers, a traffic safety consultant, road closures, chair rentals, and food for the volunteers who helped set up the commencement ceremony

Source: Rutgers spent nearly $1.5M for Obama’s commencement speech | Daily Mail Online

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