Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker was the guest master of ceremonies at NJIT’s Celebration 2007 at the Somerset Palace. Celebration is NJIT’s annual black-tie event. This year 300 supporters attended and raised almost $400,000 for endowed scholarship funds to benefit NJIT students. Since 1995, this gala evening of dinner and dancing has raised nearly $3 million. Celebration honors individuals for achievements of great benefit to New Jersey and the nation, and organizations that have been exceptional in their commitment to the university's mission.
Booker took the oath of office as Mayor of New Jersey’s largest city on July 1, 2006 following a sweeping electoral victory. He is just the third person to govern the city since 1970. A native of northern New Jersey, Booker’s passion for politics and justice was instilled at an early age by a family committed to change.
Booker has spent his entire professional life in Newark. He is a partner in the Newark, New Jersey law firm of Booker, Rabinowitz, et al. and is also the founder of Newark Now, a grassroots nonprofit group. After serving as a staff attorney for the Urban Justice Center and as a program coordinator of the Newark Youth Project, Booker rose to prominence in 1998 by upsetting a four-term incumbent to become Newark’s Central Ward Councilman. During his four years of service, Booker earned a reputation as a leader with innovative ideas and bold actions, from increasing security in public housing to building new playgrounds.
Booker has been recognized in numerous publications, including U.S. News and World Report, Time, Esquire, New Jersey Monthly, and Black Enterprise. He is a member of several boards including the Executive Committee of Yale Law School, Columbia University Teachers’ College Board of Trustees, the Black Alliance for Educational Options, North Star Academy, Integrity Inc. and the International Longevity Center.
Booker received a BA in political science in 1991 and an MA in sociology in 1992 from Stanford University. He then traveled to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and received an honors degree in modern history in 1994. He earned his law degree from Yale University in 1997.
For more than 125 years, the institution historically known as New Jersey Institute of Technology has enabled talented young men and women to embark on careers in a broad range of technological, scientific and design fields. Generations of NJIT alumni have risen to prominence in the private and public sectors, realizing their full promise as leaders and innovators. NJIT is dedicated to making this opportunity available to as many outstanding applicants as possible, regardless of their financial circumstances. With the assistance of concerned supporters who share this vision for the future, NJIT will continue to nurture the aspirations of students whose personal success is vital for the well-being of our home state, and nation as a whole and the global community.