Governor Murphy is 2023 Stevens Institute of Technology Commencement Speaker

(Hoboken, N.J., March 21, 2023) – Philip D. Murphy, two-term governor of New Jersey and chair of the National Governors Association, will deliver Stevens 2023 address at the university-wide Commencement ceremony on Wednesday, May 24, at 10 a.m. The ceremony will be held at the Prudential Center, in Newark, New Jersey, and will be livestreamed for public viewing.

It is expected that approximately 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students will earn credentials this year from Stevens during this academic year, the largest graduating class to date in Stevens 153-year history.

“The Stevens community is delighted to welcome Gov. Phil Murphy as our 2023 commencement speaker,” said Stevens President Nariman Farvardin. “At Stevens, we are in lockstep with the governor's efforts to expand the innovation economy in New Jersey, to reverse the ‘brain drain’ that exports talented students out of state for college and careers and to improve mental health and wellness, especially among young populations. It is a distinct honor that our graduates, poised to begin a new chapter in their lives, will hear a keynote address from a leader who has distinguished himself in the state, national and international arena. I look forward to celebrating the achievements of our students, faculty and staff with Gov. Murphy.”

Since taking office in 2018, Gov. Murphy’s policies and initiatives have aligned with Stevens’ vision and values of innovation, research and technology. The Governor has put a special emphasis on making New Jersey more welcoming to both established high-tech enterprises and start-up companies in the innovation economy to which the majority of Stevens’ graduates contribute. More than 50 percent of Stevens’ alumni live and/or work in the state, while, 71 percent of the Stevens Class of 2022 remained in the New York/New Jersey metro area.

Under the Governor’s leadership, New Jersey has also emerged as a leader in the deployment of clean energy technologies, including one of the nation’s most ambitious proposals for the development of offshore wind. The Davidson Laboratory at Stevens has played a pivotal role in advancing this initiative, providing analysis of technological challenges, while also constructing prototypes of ocean wave converters to help harness the ocean’s energy.

More recently, Gov. Murphy has also focused on making New Jersey a leading location for film, television and digital production, enacting a new incentive program that drew more than $650 million in investment to New Jersey in 2022. Stevens’ spirit of technology-empowered creativity aligns with the initiative, which expands opportunities for graduates with technology and arts degrees who pursue careers in the media and entertainment industries.

Gov. Murphy is an outspoken advocate for mental health and has expanded protections for the state’s immigrant and LGBTQIA+ communities. He praised Stevens for receiving the prestigious 2022 Active Minds Healthy Campus Award, which recognized Stevens as one of the healthiest college campuses in the U.S.

Prior to entering public life, Gov. Murphy worked for more than 20 years at Goldman Sachs, starting as an intern in 1982 and ending in 2003 as a member of the firm’s management committee. During his business career, he led offices in Frankfurt, Germany, and Hong Kong.

The Governor is a graduate of Needham (Mass.) High School, Harvard University and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has been awarded numerous honorary degrees. Stevens will confer the doctor of business administration degree to Gov. Murphy on May 24.

All 2023 commencement ceremonies will be held in Newark, New Jersey, on May 24, 2023 — about 30 minutes from the Hoboken campus.

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About Stevens Institute of Technology
Stevens Institute of Technology is a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, New Jersey. Since our founding in 1870, technological innovation has been the hallmark of Stevens’ education and research. Within the university’s three schools and one college, 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate closely with faculty in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment. Academic and research programs spanning business, computing, engineering, the arts and other disciplines actively advance the frontiers of science and leverage technology to confront our most pressing global challenges. The university continues to be consistently ranked among the nation’s leaders in career services, post-graduation salaries of alumni and return on tuition investment.

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