Jon Bon Jovi Delivering Commencement Speech In New Jersey

Home-state hero also receiving honorary degree at grad ceremony on May 16.

Before the members of Monmouth University's class of 2001 toss up their mortarboards, they'll be treated to a commencement speech by well-coifed rocker Jon Bon Jovi.

Bon Jovi, who worked as a janitor in his cousin Tony Bongiovi's Power Station recording studio after he graduated high school, will receive an honorary degree at the Long Branch, New Jersey, school's private graduation ceremony on May 16, according to a spokesperson for the institution.

The singer grew up in nearby Sayreville and spent what would have been his college years plugging away on the Jersey Shore with his band.

Bon Jovi won't be the only frontman delivering slivers of wisdom to graduating seniors this year, as Bono of U2 will be addressing students at Harvard's annual Class Day celebration in June.

On Saturday, May 5, members of Bon Jovi will take part in a free, informal question-and-answer session at 3 p.m. at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. The band plays the city's Gund Arena that evening.

Bon Jovi's first live album, One Wild Night, is due May 22.