Celebration History

NJIT’s annual Celebration was established in 1995 as a black-tie affair to raise scholarship support for the students in the Albert Dorman Honors College.  Since 2007, the proceeds from Celebration have benefited all six colleges of the university: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, Martin Tuchman School of Management, Albert Dorman Honors College, and Ying Wu College of Computing.

Celebration is the only annual campus-wide fundraiser for endowed scholarship funds.  Over the years, the event has successfully raised over $5.5 million in scholarship funds, ensuring that a top quality higher education is accessible to talented, motivated students

A festive evening of dinner, dancing and live entertainment, that traditionally attracts about 300 business leaders, alumni and friends, Celebration also honors individuals for achievements of great benefit to New Jersey and our nation, and organizations that have been exceptional in their commitment to the university’s mission.  This recognition is made through the following awards:

President’s Medal for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement

In recognition of accomplishments of such excellence that they are an inspiration to us all.  The individual may, or may not, have had previous affiliation with NJIT.

Edward F. Weston Medal

In recognition of alumnus with outstanding personal, professional and civic accomplishments, and exceptional financial and volunteer support of the university through individual gifts and/or leveraging corporate/foundation contributions. 

Named in memory of Edward Faraday Weston, who served on the Board of Trustees for nearly 40 years, this award was originally presented at Convocation.  In 2009, it was incorporated into the awards presented at Celebration.

Outstanding Corporate Partner

In recognition of a corporation which is a major benefactor of the university, and is engaged with the university through board participation, and varied other collaborative activities.

University Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership

In recognition of an outstanding entrepreneur for expertise, dedication and extraordinary business success. The individual may, or may not, have had previous affiliation with NJIT.

Special Friend of the University

In recognition of a friend who has demonstrated a personal commitment through generosity to the university, and/or devotion of time and sharing of expertise through board membership.



Please note that all awards may not be presented every year