Bon Jovi made a memory for Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Commencement Ceremony on Tuesday (May 16) with a surprise appearance at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.
FDU had the most entries in a contest launched by the band and MTVU. The MTV network aimed at college audiences teamed up with the band for a contest asking students to tweet their best college moments and tag their school along with the hashtag #JBJReunionContest. The winning school would be awarded with a surprise Bon Jovi performance of the song “Reunion,” from the band’s latest album, “This House is Not For Sale.” The lyrics, “Make this the best of the rest of your days” and “go start your own revolution,” speak to the theme of the day. Bon Jovi first performed the song when he was asked to serve as the commencement speaker at Rutgers University.
“Today marks the end of one chapter in your life and the start of another,” he said from the stage. “Enjoy the book; you’re the one writing it.
Jon Bon Jovi–who will celebrate the college graduations of his own children, Stephanie and Jesse, this week–teased the appearance on Good Morning America earlier this morning.
“Daddy is going to two graduations,” he said.
Some 3,200 students from 54 countries and 40 states were in attendance at MetLife Stadium, the same venue Bon Jovi officially christened with a four-night stretch of concerts in 2010.
— Michael Izzo (@MIzzoDR) May 16, 2017
— Bon Jovi (@BonJovi) May 16, 2017