Congressman Albio Sires and Mayor Dawn Zimmer Address the Class of 2014 at Stevens Institute of Technology Convocation

HOBOKEN, N.J. ―Hoboken, NJ – The Honorable Albio Sires, U.S. Congressional Representative of the 13 th District of New Jersey, and Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer were honored guests at Stevens Institute of Technology’s 140 th Convocation, which marked the opening of the academic year and welcomed new students to the Stevens community.

With a focus on building and strengthening relationships with local leaders, and exposing students to key community decision-makers, Interim President George P. Korfiatis invited Congressman Sires and Mayor Zimmer to be a part of the well-attended annual event. The Canavan Arena was adorned with dozens of flags representing the diverse Class of 2014 as Dr. Korfiatis opened the ceremony by noting that not only does Convocation mark the beginning of the academic school year, but it is also an opportunity to recognize members of the community who have distinguished themselves as leaders over the past year.

Mayor Zimmer welcomed the Class of 2014 and told students: “You are now part of the Stevens community, and with that you are very much a part of the Hoboken community. Please get involved with the City – this is your home now, and we want your input.”

Congressman Sires shared with the students his esteem for both the City of Hoboken, and Stevens. He said: “What you learn here puts you on the cutting-edge. It will prepare you for the global job market, and I encourage you to take full advantage of all the opportunities you will find at Stevens.”

“This University remains at the forefront of science and technology,” the Honorable Sires continued. “Your Stevens education is second to none.”

The ceremony continued with remarks from Student Government Association president Stephanie Spelman, class of 2011, as well as Spencer Horton, class of 2012, chairman of the Stevens Honor System. Steeped in a more than 100 year tradition, the Stevens Honor System is the longest-running student-led honor system in the state. Faculty and student awards were conferred and the Class of 2014 Banner was presented to the newest members of the Stevens community as the ceremony concluded.

About Stevens Institute of Technology

Founded in 1870 and celebrating 140 Years of Innovation, Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University TM , lives at the intersection of industry, academics and research.  The University's students, faculty and partners leverage their collective real-world experience and culture of innovation, research and entrepreneurship to confront global challenges in engineering, science, systems and technology management.

Based in Hoboken, N.J. and with a location in Washington, D.C., Stevens offers baccalaureate, master’s, certificates and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences and management, in addition to baccalaureate degrees in business and liberal arts.  Stevens has been recognized by both the US Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Excellence in the areas of systems engineering and port security research. The University has a total enrollment of more than 2,200 undergraduate and 3,700 graduate students with almost 450 faculty. Stevens’ graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as strategic partnerships with industry leaders, governments and other universities around the world.  Additional information may be obtained at and