WEST LONG BRANCH – Congressman Rush Holt, D-12, will be the keynote speaker at Monmouth University’s spring commencement ceremony and receive an honorary doctor of science degree.
The event will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J. More than 1,000 graduates will participate in the ceremony.
Holt, a five-time “Jeopardy” champion who holds a Ph.D. in physics and a patent for a solar energy device, has represented Central New Jersey in the House of Representatives since 1999. He serves on the Committee on Education and the Workforce and the Committee on Natural Resources, where he is the ranking member on the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, developing long-term strategies to decrease dependence on fossil fuels.
Holt has been honored as the Biotech Legislator of the Year and with The Science Coalition’s Champion of Science award. Scientific-American magazine has also named Holt one of the 50 national visionaries contributing to “a brighter technological future.”