NEWARK, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy will deliver New Jersey Institute of Technology’s undergraduate commencement speech on May 21 and receive an honorary degree.

In announcing Murphy’s honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, the university lauded Murphy’s proposed $35 million to pilot a new funding formula for public four-year colleges. The program would, in part, reward universities or colleges based on students' graduation rates. 

The 103rd undergraduate commencement will begin around 8:30 a.m. at the Prudential Center.

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The university will also grant Clifford Samuel, vice president of a major pharmaceutical company, an honorary Doctor of Science degree. Samuel works for Gilead Science and earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from NJIT in 1988. He also sits on NJIT’s Honors Program Board.

Sandra Carter, vice president of Windows and Enterprise Workloads at Amazon Web Services, will also receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree. She also penned the book, “Extreme Innovation: Three Superpowers for Purpose and Profit,” which is built on her research with Carnegie Mellon.

Commencement for the master’s and doctoral programs will take place May 23 during two separate ceremonies at the university's Wellness & Events Center.

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