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Students walk across the Events Center floor during a Harpur College Commencement ceremony in 2015. This year's ceremonies take place from May 20-22.
Photo by Jonathan Cohen
Commencement 2016 preview: Eight ceremonies to take place this weekend
May 16, 2016Tweet
Binghamton University will confer more than 3,400 degrees for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral candidates during Commencement 2016 ceremonies. Nearly 2,800 of the degrees awarded will be baccalaureate degrees, with close to 600 master’s candidates expected to cross the stage. Seventy-five doctoral candidates will be hooded.
Each school and college will have its own ceremony, with Harpur College of Arts and Sciences holding three ceremonies to accommodate all of its graduates. The Graduate School will hold its ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 20, in the Events Center. With the exception of the Decker School of Nursing and the College of Community and Public Affairs, all master’s candidates will be recognized at the Graduate School ceremony, when doctoral candidates will also be hooded.
Two honorary doctorates will be awarded at the Graduate School ceremony. The Doctor of Humane Letters will be awarded to John R. Bartle, former political science professor at Binghamton University and grandson of the University’s first president. Bartle is dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service and professor of public administration at the University of Nebraska Omaha. The Doctor of Letters will be awarded to Marc Lawrence ’81, screenwriter, producer and director of films including Miss Congeniality (2000), Two Weeks Notice (2002), Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (2005) and Music and Lyrics (2007), as well as The Rewrite (2015), his homage to Binghamton University.
Lawrence will speak at the Graduate School ceremony on Friday, May 20, and Bartle will speak at the College of Community and Public Affairs ceremony on Saturday, May 21.
The 2016 Commencement ceremonies will all to be held in the Events Center as follows:
Friday, May 20
• 3:30 p.m. - Graduate School
Saturday, May 21
• 8:30 a.m. - Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science
Student speakers: Tyler Mehlman and Tremayne Steward
• Noon - College of Community and Public Affairs
Student speakers: Nicolette Roselli and Justin Hayet
• 2:30 p.m. - School of Management
Student speaker: Jacob “Jake” Weiss
Alumni award recipient remarks: Daniel R. Black ’94, Americas recruiting leader for Ernst & Young (EY)
• 6 p.m. - Decker School of Nursing
Student speakers: Camryn Benjamin and Estacy Porter
Sunday, May 22
• 8:30 a.m. - Harpur College of Arts and Sciences ceremony 1, including graduates from Africana studies, anthropology, art and design, art history, Asian and Asian American studies, biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, cinema, classical and near eastern studies, comparative literature and economics
Student speaker: Zoe Liebmann
Alumni award recipient remarks: Kenneth Zaslav ’79, internationally recognized orthopedic surgeon
• Noon - Harpur College of Arts and Sciences ceremony 2, including graduates from English, environmental studies, geography, geological sciences, German and Russian studies, global and international affairs, history, the Individualized Major Program, integrative neuroscience, Judaic studies, Latin American and Caribbean area studies, and linguistics
Student speaker: Elizabeth “Eliza” Gellis
Alumni award recipient remarks: Gary S. Levine ’74, MBA ’76, president of programming for Showtime
• 3:30 p.m. - Harpur College of Arts and Sciences ceremony 3, including graduates from mathematical sciences, medieval and early modern studies, music, philosophy, philosophy, politics and law; physics, political science, psychology, Romance languages, sociology and theatre
Student speaker: Robin Stieglitz
Alumni award recipient remarks: Lynda Markoe-Anticev ’88, executive vice president and head of Human Resources and Charitable Partnerships for J.Crew Group
All residential communities will hold recognition ceremonies at 5 p.m. Friday, May 20, in their communities.