Bon Jovi Answers New Jersey College’s Prayers with Surprise Graduation Performance

Bon Jovi gave students of New Jersey’s Fairleigh Dickinson University a graduation ceremony they’ll remember Tuesday morning (May 16) with a surprise appearance at the school’s 2017 commencement ceremony held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

FDU has MTVU to thank — the MTV network aimed at college audiences teamed up with the band for a contest wherein students were asked 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.” With lyrics that beckon to: “Make this the best of the rest of your days” and “go start your own revolution,” it’s an apt choice.

“We are going to pop up and surprise the school that had the most votes to get us to come,” Jon Bon Jovi said on Good Morning America Tuesday morning. “I can only give you a hint that it is a big locker room. I have played in many of buildings over the course of our career.”

He also announced that his children Stephanie and Jesse are graduating college this week.

“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 in 2010 with a four-night stretch of concerts.

More Music

  • R. Kelly

    R. Kelly to Perform at MSG’s Hulu Theater in New York Next Month

    Bon Jovi gave students of New Jersey’s Fairleigh Dickinson University a graduation ceremony they’ll remember Tuesday morning (May 16) with a surprise appearance at the school’s 2017 commencement ceremony held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. FDU has MTVU to thank — the MTV network aimed at college audiences teamed up with the band for a […]

  • Randy Newman

    Concert Review: Randy Newman Offers Bowl Full of Mirth and Melancholy

    Bon Jovi gave students of New Jersey’s Fairleigh Dickinson University a graduation ceremony they’ll remember Tuesday morning (May 16) with a surprise appearance at the school’s 2017 commencement ceremony held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. FDU has MTVU to thank — the MTV network aimed at college audiences teamed up with the band for a […]

  • Roey-Hershkovitz

    'Conan' Cuts Music Performances; Booker Roey Hershkovitz to Exit (EXCLUSIVE)

    Bon Jovi gave students of New Jersey’s Fairleigh Dickinson University a graduation ceremony they’ll remember Tuesday morning (May 16) with a surprise appearance at the school’s 2017 commencement ceremony held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. FDU has MTVU to thank — the MTV network aimed at college audiences teamed up with the band for a […]

  • Nicki Minaj Adds X-Rated Verse About

    Watch Nicki Minaj Add an X-Rated Verse About Stephen Colbert to 'Barbie Dreams'

    Bon Jovi gave students of New Jersey’s Fairleigh Dickinson University a graduation ceremony they’ll remember Tuesday morning (May 16) with a surprise appearance at the school’s 2017 commencement ceremony held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. FDU has MTVU to thank — the MTV network aimed at college audiences teamed up with the band for a […]

  • Live Nation Names Amy Marks EVP,

    Live Nation Names Amy Marks EVP, Head of Integrated Marketing

    Bon Jovi gave students of New Jersey’s Fairleigh Dickinson University a graduation ceremony they’ll remember Tuesday morning (May 16) with a surprise appearance at the school’s 2017 commencement ceremony held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. FDU has MTVU to thank — the MTV network aimed at college audiences teamed up with the band for a […]

  • Beyonce and Jay-ZBeyonce and Jay-Z in

    Beyonce Dedicates Detroit Concert to Aretha Franklin

    Bon Jovi gave students of New Jersey’s Fairleigh Dickinson University a graduation ceremony they’ll remember Tuesday morning (May 16) with a surprise appearance at the school’s 2017 commencement ceremony held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. FDU has MTVU to thank — the MTV network aimed at college audiences teamed up with the band for a […]

  • Ariana Grande and James Corden Perform

    Ariana Grande and James Corden Perform 'Titanic' Musical Number on 'Late Late Show'

    Bon Jovi gave students of New Jersey’s Fairleigh Dickinson University a graduation ceremony they’ll remember Tuesday morning (May 16) with a surprise appearance at the school’s 2017 commencement ceremony held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. FDU has MTVU to thank — the MTV network aimed at college audiences teamed up with the band for a […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content