Message from President Joel S. Bloom

Due to the largest graduating class in university history, New Jersey Institute of Technology held, for the first time ever, three commencement ceremonies at the conclusion of its spring semester, during which nearly 3,000 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral students were recognized and celebrated their achievements with family, friends, loved ones, and classmates. Of the degree recipients, more than 300 graduated with honors—144 cum laude, 98 magna cum laude, and 77 summa cum laude.

On Tuesday, May 15, undergraduates numbering more than 1,700 and doctoral students counting nearly 80 crossed the stage at the Prudential Center and received their diplomas. At that ceremony, honorary degrees were awarded to Dr. Leah Hope Jamieson, Ransburg Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and John A. Edwardson Dean Emerita of Engineering at Purdue University; Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka; and Richard P. Sweeney ’81, vice president at Keurig and a co-founder of the K-Cup single coffee brewing system. A recap of the commencement, including video highlights, can be found at http://news.njit.edu/graduates-encouraged-sustain-hard-work-passion-and-kindness-njits-102nd-commencement/.

On Thursday, May 17, and Friday, May 18, NJIT’s master’s degree graduates celebrated commencement in our new Wellness and Events Center for the first time. Approximately 1,100 students received diplomas during the course of the two ceremonies. For an overview of those events, visit http://news.njit.edu/njits-102nd-commencement-continues-wec/.

We are extremely proud of all these students because earning a degree from one of only 32 polytechnic universities in the entire United States is no small accomplishment. It requires a passion for learning, an uncommon work ethic, and the ability to excel within challenging academic disciplines.

Please join me in congratulating NJIT’s most recent graduates on their outstanding achievements and wishing them abundant success as they embark upon the next phase of their educational and professional journeys.

Joel S. Bloom
President, NJIT