Graduation day is the happiest of the year at NJIT, a day in which years of hard work end with that coveted award: a diploma.  It’s a festive day not only for the graduates, but for all those – parents and family members, friends and teachers -- who supported them during their rigorous years of study. Enjoy.


Welcome to the 2009 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 2009 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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Mayor Cory A. Booker

Vincent J. Naimoli

Dr. Bernard A. Harris Jr.

Honorable Cory A. Booker, JD
Mayor, City of Newark, New Jersey
Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa

Vincent J. Naimoli '62
Chairman Emeritus & Founder,
Tampa Bay Rays
Chief Executive Officer,
Anchor Industries International
Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa

Dr. Bernard A. Harris Jr.
President & Chief Executive Officer, Vesalius Ventures
Doctor of Science, honoris causa

Presidential Remarks

Commencement Remarks of NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch
May 16, 2009

Welcome to NJIT’s 2009 commencement. As president of Newark’s hometown university, I’m very pleased to say that Mayor Cory Booker has been able to join us today as our Commencement speaker and the recipient of one of the honorary doctorates that we will confer this morning.

This is a great day for all those who will receive their degrees, and I congratulate each of you on your academic achievements. But in the words of the novelist and poet Robert Louis Stevenson, this is also an occasion to acknowledge the support of those “who do not judge each day by the harvest that they reap, but by the seeds that they plant.” Please join me in a round of applause for the family members and friends who planted the seeds of your success, and who nurtured them with the encouragement that has helped you reach this milestone in 2009. 

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