With over 2,000 graduating students receiving a PhD, a Masters Degree or a Baccalaureate degree,
the 2006 Commencement at Continental Airlines Arena was a remarkable event.


Welcome to the 2006 commencement ceremony of New Jersey Institute of Technology. The university extends heartfelt congratulations to its graduates on their accomplishment and commends the families and friends who have helped them reach this milestone of academic achievement.

By definition, commencement means “to begin to be.” As the members of the Class of 2006 begin to be, we wish them every success, confident that they have been well prepared for a life of contribution in the 21st century, to meet its challenges and embrace its myriad opportunities.

Well done!

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Jon S. Corzine
Governor, State of New Jersey
Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa

Nancy Kopell, PhD
Professor of Mathematics, Boston University
Doctor of Science, honoris causa

Jaron Lanier
Computer Scientist, Composer, Visual Artist and Author
Doctor of Science, honoris causa

Presidential Remarks

Commencement Remarks of NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch
May 18, 2006

Welcome to NJIT’s 2006 commencement ceremony. Benjamin Franklin, one of history’s most distinguished scientists, inventors, and statesmen, said that an investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.  So congratulations on having made that investment of time and effort that few activities in life demand.

This is also an occasion to acknowledge the support of all those who have helped you make the decision to make such a vital investment. Please join me in a round of applause to express appreciation to family and friends whose support and generosity enabled you to reach this milestone in your life.

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