New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) to Confer More Than 3,100 Degrees at 99th Commencement Exercises on May 19

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NACME President and CEO Irving Pressley McPhail to Deliver 2015 Commencement Address and Receive Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

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What: New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) will award more than 3,100 baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees at the 99th Commencement exercises. The university also will confer honorary degrees on three individuals.

When: Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at 9 a.m. A live broadcast can be viewed at http://www.njit.edu.

Where: Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey

Who:

  • NJIT President Joel S. Bloom will preside over the ceremony.
  • Commencement Address and Honorary Degrees: Irving Pressley McPhail, president and chief executive officer of NACME, will deliver the 2015 Commencement address and receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Charles Elachi, director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a vice president at California Institute of Technology, will receive an honorary Doctor of Science.
  • Student Speaker: Gretchen Von Koenig of Akron, Ohio, will give remarks on behalf of the student body and receive a B.S. in architecture.

Student Stories

To learn about more about the outstanding graduates of the Class of 2015, click here: http://youtu.be/cY4mo0HvBHc and here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fn5I1kimGI

Jasmine Faldu ’15, a biomedical engineering major from Barnegat, served as president of NJIT’s Pre-Dental Society, founded the university’s chapter of Project Dental All, and is a global ambassador for oral hygiene who traveled to India this year to spread the word of regular, proper brushing to more than 1,000 children. She was accepted to no less than eight dental schools, choosing the University of Pennsylvania. Read more about Jasmine at: http://www.njit.edu/features/student/faldu-nce.php.

Waydon Destin ’15, of Manchester, transferred to NJIT from Ocean County College in 2012 with hopes of becoming a physical therapist. He soon realized that he loved science and technology. He’s also gregarious and outgoing and likes to work with people. Luckily, NJIT had just the major for him: Science, Technology and Society, a major that combines all three of his interests. Once he latched onto that major he soared, both academically and professionally, and will begin working as an IT analyst for Cisco Systems’ Customer Value Chain (CVC). Read more about Waydon at:
http://www.njit.edu/features/student/cisco-waydon.php.

When she arrived on campus four years ago from Lagos, Nigeria, Folawiyo Campbell ’15, a computer engineering major, was, in her own words, “a shy person from a different country with a thick accent.” She took a deep breath and dove into a dizzying array of campus activities. She applied to join Albert Dorman Honors College, got elected as her department’s representative to the student senate, took a seat on the executive board of the African Student Association, and, most meaningfully, became a peer mentor. In 2014, she won both the Albert Dorman Honors College Leadership and Service Award and the Newark College of Engineering Outstanding Contribution to Student Service Award for her efforts. She begins work in July as a software engineer for the global investment firm Goldman Sachs. Read more about Folawiyo at: http://www.njit.edu/features/student/nce-salute-campbell.php.

A first-generation college student, Wilfredo Alvizures ’15 completed an internship at Boeing, one of the world’s leading aerospace companies, and will launch his career there in August. The civil engineering major credits NJIT’s Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers with helping him find a “familia” away from his hometown of Bayonne. Read more about Wilfred at: http://www.njit.edu/features/student/wilfredo-boeing.php.

Anthony Calvano ’15, a civil engineering major from Milltown, led an Engineers Without Borders team in developing a portable water filter for the residents of Milot, Haiti. Named outstanding senior by both his department and by the entire Newark College of Engineering, he interned for the past two summers for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and will begin working at Maser Consulting after graduation. Read more about Anthony at http://www.njit.edu/features/student/nce-salute-calvano.php.

About NJIT

One of the nation's leading public polytechnic universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $106 million, and is among the top one percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.

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