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A view of the Fall Commencement stage at the Events Center in December 2014.
Photo by Jonathan Cohen
Fall 2015 Commencement is final December ceremony
December 16, 2015Tweet
More than 840 students, including 51 doctoral candidates, have completed the requirements to receive their degrees this fall. Of those eligible, more than 450 – 34 of them doctoral candidates – will walk across the stage during Binghamton University’s final Fall Commencement ceremony at noon Sunday, Dec. 20, in the Events Center.
Senior Joshua Wallenstein will represent all of the graduates as student speaker.
A Binghamton native, Wallenstein transferred to Binghamton University in spring 2012. Aside from it being close to home, he chose Binghamton for its wide variety of majors and student groups that it offered, and chose to pursue his degree in human development.
“I’d been told that you get out of college what you put into it, and I knew that coming to Binghamton, I was bound to find something to throw myself into,” he said. “At first, I wasn’t sure about the size of the school, it being much larger than I was searching for. However, I grew to enjoy the bit of anonymity, and the opportunity to meet someone new every day.”
Wallenstein has involved himself in a variety of activities since beginning his studies at Binghamton.
Wallenstein has been a member of Hinman Production Company, the Student Ambassadors Program, Tomorrow’s Hope in North Korea, and the Relay for Life Committee. He has also interned for the Binghamton Poetry Project and mentored middle-school student in the Johnson City Mentor Program.
Off campus, Wallenstein has provided support for people of various ages with a wide variety of disabilities through Community Options, Inc., and been both a camp counselor and daycare provider for the Jewish Community Center. For the past four years, he has also been a cantorial soloist for Temple Concord.
Following graduation, Wallenstein hopes to pursue a career working with children, eventually earning a master’s degree in school counseling.
As one who loves to share stories, he hopes fellow graduates and their families will take something away with them from his Commencement speech – a story he feels is worth sharing.
This Fall Commencement will be the final one for Binghamton University.
“Between the expense, the sizable staff support required, the vagaries of December weather, and the number of students who opt to participate, we believe that it is wise to join many of our peer institutions who do not offer Fall Commencement or who have cancelled them,” said Donald Nieman, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.
Among the University’s 25 peer institutions, 13 do not hold a fall or winter commencement. In recent years, large institutions like the University of Arizona, the University of Delaware, and the University of Connecticut have opted out of a fall ceremony.
Binghamton University has held a fall Commencement since 2007.
Those unable to attend the ceremony who wish to see it live, can do so online.