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Commencement 2016 preview: Meet the student speakers

Decker School of Nursing
6 p.m. Saturday, May 21




Camryn Benjamin was accepted into seven nursing schools before settling on the Decker School of Nursing, and “I never regretted it once,” she said. “I’m lucky I chose here.” She will receive her bachelor’s degree in nursing.

On campus, she served as a nursing tutor, managed the payroll for over 100 students in the University’s tour guide program and was a tour guide herself. She also served as team leader for a community health assessment of Broome County, N.Y., assessing the effects of obesity in the county with emphasis on nutrition, recreation and marketing.

Her off-campus activities revolved around healthcare, working as a homecare aide and also as a patient care technician at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, N.Y. Her clinical experience spanned departments of oncology, psychiatry, community health, medical/surgical, pediatric, maternal/newborn and geriatric at locations in Syracuse, Binghamton, Towanda, Pa., and Endicott, N.Y.

After she passes her NCLEX-RN exam in June, she will begin a position as a full-time registered nurse at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, where she will work on the surgical unit with an oncology focus.




An officer in the United States Army, as well as a married mother of four, Estacy Porter was selected for a program that would send her to graduate school. A licensed registered nurse in New York, Virginia and Georgia – where she was based at the time – she chose to attend the Decker School of Nursing “because of its proximity to the Bronx, where I was raised and my parents still live,” she said.

She already holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Old Dominion University and a master’s in nursing education from Liberty University, and will cross the stage to receive her community health nurse practitioner degree. She holds certifications in pediatric advanced lifesaving, advanced public health, basic cardiac life support, trauma nurse care and ambulatory care nursing, and her professional experience is extensive.

She is a Graduate Student Nurse Academy liaison to the American College of Nursing; and has been a public health advisor for the 14th Combat Support Hospital; a pediatric health consultant, child youth service program manager and health consultant, and a staff development educator for the Martin Army Community Hospital, Fort Benning, Ga. She also served as a registered nurse at Brian Allgood Community Hospital in Yonsang, Korea, and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center at Fort Gordon, Ga.  

As for the future, she will continue at the Decker School next year, expecting to earn her Doctor of Nurse Practitioner degree in May 2017. After that, she will await orders from the Army of where she will be stationed next.

Student Accomplishment


Stuart Douglas Hirsch '95, '10 Edward Weisband Distinguished Alumnus/a Award for Public Service or Contribution to Public Affairs The Weisband Award recognizes one alumnus or alumna each year whose life, work, career and contributions exemplify the highest standards of service and deepest dedication to the sustenance of the common good. In 2010 Stuart graduated from the accelerated RN to BS program at the Decker School of Nursing. This previous Binghamton University degree was in anthropology. Stuart is the founder and Chief Mission Officer In Command of ARCHANGEL AIRBORNE - 1st Humanitarian Special Operations Group/AIR LAND SEA – Expeditionary Mission Team. This non-profit organization utilizes a proven military special operations model to insert highly skilled teams into areas of great disparity and disaster in order to provide transformative humanitarian services and lifesaving rescue efforts. Stuart serves domestically as Director of Operations for the Department of Emergency Services at Saint Mary's Trauma Center in Waterbury, Conn. He is an FAA-certified Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor. He also volunteers as a Firefighter and Rescue SCUBA Diver. Christina Ann (Tina) Gerardi, MS '85 – Tina is deputy director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Academic Progression in Nursing program through the American Organization of Nurse Executives. She was previously chief executive officer of the New York State Nurses Association. She has more than 25 years of experience as a healthcare practitioner, advocate and leader, having advanced from staff nurse to CEO while championing policy initiatives in support of access to quality, affordable healthcare at the state and national levels. She is a member of the Decker School of Nursing Advisory Committee and frequently returned to Binghamton to speak with undergraduate and graduate nursing students on professional practice and healthcare policy issues during her 14-year tenure at the New York State Nurses Association.


On November 9, 2014 CPT Estacy Porter was recognized as a Garifuna Veteran at the Garifuna Veterans of America Core Values Award. She was recognized for her sacrifice and service to this great nation. She received a citation from the New York State Assembly for outstanding citizen, one who is worthy of the esteem of both the Community and the great State of New York. Additionally, she received two citations from the City Council for an outstanding citizen, one who is worthy of the esteem of both community and the great City of New York.

CPT Porter, is originally from Bronx, New York and has been serving in the United States Army for 19 years. She recently relocated to Binghamton from Columbus , Georgia with her four children and was selected by the Army to attend Binghamton University's Post-Masters Community Health Nurse Practitioner and DNP program.


Important Notice

The following change in the Application Deadline for all Graduate Programs of DSON.

These changes apply to all masters, DNP and post-graduate certificate applications!


Fall Admission

Spring Admission


February 15 for full consideration; later applications considered if space available October 15, later if space available


February 15 for full consideration; later applications considered if space available October 15, later if space available



Important Notice

To the Decker School of Nursing's Community of Interest, including all nursing students and alumni, School of Nursing Faculty, Clinical Preceptors of post-masters and DNP students, faculty of Binghamton University, and supporters of the Decker School of Nursing:

On September 17, 18 and 19, 2014, the Post-Masters certificate programs and DNP Program will be undergoing an accreditation review by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). We are requested by the CCNE to provide our "Community of Interest" an opportunity to submit third-party comments to the CCNE prior to their visit to the school. All comments will be treated with the strictest of confidentiality and anonymity. Your comments will not be seen by any of the School of Nursing's administrators or faculty.

All comments should be submitted in writing, signed, and mailed to:

Catherine Sneed
Accreditation Coordinator
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
1 DuPont Circle NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036

All comments will be accepted by CCNE until August 15, 2014. We thank you for your support in helping us to achieve CCNE accreditation for the Post-Masters, and DNP Program.

Last Updated: 5/20/16