The University Commencement Ceremony for NJIT was be held Saturday, May 17, 2008, at the Prudential Center, Newark. During the ceremony, more than 2,000 honorary doctoral degrees and earned doctoral, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees will be conferred on the Class of 2008.


Welcome to the 2008 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 2008 begin tobe, 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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Sights and sounds from Commencement 2008


Thom Mayne

Elizabeth Del Tufo

Norman Li

Thom Mayne
Founder and Design Principal,
Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa

Elizabeth Del Tufo
Newark Preservation and Landmark Committee
Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa

Norman Li
President, NL Chemical Technology, Inc.
Doctor of Science,
honoris causa

Presidential Remarks

Commencement Remarks of NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch
May 17, 2008

Welcome to NJIT’s 2008 commencement, our first at this very impressive new venue in the heart of Newark. In fact, we are the first institution to hold a commencement at “The Rock,” which is very appropriate given that we are Newark’s hometown university and have had an association with our host city dating back to 1881.

I’d like to recognize the President of the Municipal council of the City of Newark, Mildred Crump, who is with us today.

There can be no doubt that this is a great day for those who will receive their degrees, and I want to congratulate each of you on your impressive educational achievements. No one can dispute that this is also an occasion to acknowledge the most important support that one receives in life. Please join me in a round of applause for the family members and friends who have helped you reach this milestone in 2008, and whose continued encouragement will surely inspire your many more outstanding accomplishments.

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