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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: Musician Jon Bon Jovi performs onstage during SeriousFun Children's Network 2016 NYC Gala Show on June 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
Jon Bon Jovi performs onstage during SeriousFun Children's Network 2016 NYC Gala Show on June 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
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Jersey rockers and college commencements — a win-win

These artists can definitely preach determination, confidence, hustle and most of all, hard work to the graduating students.

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FILE - In this May 15, 2016 file photo, President Barack Obama, right, laughs as he sits with Bill Moyers during Rutgers University's 250th Anniversary commencement ceremony in Piscataway, N.J. Colleges that pay for celebrities say it can impress donors and attract the attention of potential students. But steep costs for some speakers have drawn criticism in some years. According to documents obtained by The Associated Press through records requests, Rutgers University paid a $35,000 speaking fee to Moyers, even though he was later replaced as keynote speaker by Obama, who wasn't paid a fee. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
FILE - In this May 15, 2016 file photo, President Barack Obama, right, laughs as he sits with Bill Moyers during Rutgers University's 250th Anniversary commencement ceremony in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
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Costs of celebrity college commencement speakers can add up

When colleges pick their graduation speakers, many strive to put a celebrity behind the podium. It can bring prestige. It can bring publicity. And it can bring a steep bill.

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