FLEMINGTON, NJ - The New Jersey Institute of Technology on Friday presented Steve Kalafer, founder and chairman of the Flemington Car & Truck Country and chairman emeritus of the Somerset Patriots with the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters during the virtual commencement ceremonies for the class of 2020.

Kalafer has a long history with NJIT as a member of its Board of Overseers since 2014.

“COVID-19 has changed the world as YOU know it, but you are going to change the world as WE know it,” Kalafer said in his acceptance speech as he addressed the 2020 graduating class. “This is your time to celebrate all your hard work,” he said. “Have long life, good health and have fun.”

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In addressing Kalafer, NJIT University President Joel S. Bloom said ”You have invested considerable time, talent and treasure in the university…from the leadership you have exercised to the generous support you have provided to our hardworking students and our athletics program for nearly two decades. I thank you for accepting this honorary doctorate. It is the highest award the university can bestow.”

Kalafer, founder and chairman of the Flemington Car & Truck Country Family of Brands is also chairman emeritus of the Somerset Patriots and the Somerset Health Care Foundation and serves on the Board of Directors for RWJBarnabas Health. He is also an associate trustee on the board of NJ Manufacturer’s Insurance, a co-chair of the Chairman’s Council of the Actors Fund of America and recently retired as a trustee of the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation.

Steve and his wife Suzanne have two sons, Jonathan and Josh, and five grandsons.

The Flemington Car & Truck Country owned and operated by the Kalafer family, has 8 locations on Routes 202 and 31 in Flemington, NJ and has been a mainstay in the community since 1976. For information regarding sales, service and parts at any of their locations, which are now open for in-person visits, call 1-800-Flemington or visit Flemington.com.