Alumnus, author and legendary investment advisor Ric Edelman to deliver Commencement keynote

Alumnus, author and legendary investment advisor Ric Edelman to deliver Commencement keynote


Alumnus Ric Edelman ’80, a #1 New York Times-bestselling author and perhaps the most famous financial advisor in America, will deliver the keynote address during Rowan University’s main Commencement ceremony Saturday, May 4, in Coach Richard Wackar Stadium.

Edelman, who hosted the nation’s longest-running personal finance radio show for 30 years and now hosts the popular podcast, “The Truth About Your Future with Ric Edelman,” was ranked three times as the nation’s #1 Independent Financial Advisor by “BARRON’S,” a weekly financial newspaper published by Dow Jones & Company.

The author of 13 best-selling books on personal finance including “The Truth About Crypto” in 2022 and the children’s book, “The Squirrel Manifesto,” which he co-wrote in 2018 with his wife, Board of Trustees member Jean Edelman ’81, Edelman also hosted a series on public television and six PBS specials.

A distinguished lecturer at Rowan, which in 2020 renamed its communication school the Ric Edelman College of Communication & Creative Arts (Edelman CCCA), he also taught personal finance for nine years at Georgetown University.

After graduating then-Glassboro State College, Ric and Jean Edelman founded Edelman Financial Services, which in 2018 acquired Financial Engines to form Edelman Financial Engines, a company that today serves more than 1.3 million households and manages more than $270 billion in assets.

Ric and Jean Edelman are among Rowan’s greatest supporters and their generosity has helped propel Rowan forward with such key initiatives as the Jean & Ric Edelman Fossil Park & Museum, the Ric and Jean Edelman Planetarium and the Edelman Scholars fund, which supports top students in the Edelman CCCA.

Rowan’s Commencement Ceremony & Celebration begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 4. In the event of severe inclement weather, the program will move to Sunday, May 5, at 3 p.m., with college-level ceremonies during the week to follow. Please visit the Commencement website for full details.