NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBS) — Rutgers University has announced that President Barack Obama will give the commencement speech in May.

The university says the President deliverremarks to more than 12,000 graduating students and 40,000 guests at the commencement ceremony on the New Brunswick Campus.

“We are delighted that President Obama has chosen to address our graduates at this year’s historic commencement,” said Rutgers University President Robert Barchi.

He added, “This is the first time in Rutgers University’s history that a sitting president has agreed to speak at commencement. President Obama’s decision is a testament to the enthusiastic efforts of Rutgers students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as members of the New Jersey Congressional Delegation, who sent numerous messages to the White House urging the president to join our 250th anniversary graduation ceremony.”

The President will deliver his remarks on May 15 at 12:30 p.m. at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway.

Rutgers says over 52,000 are expected to attend the ceremony, rain or shine.