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University Medal will be awarded at Commencement
December 6, 2011Tweet
Ravi Gupta ’05 will be recognized with the University Medal and speak at Fall Commencement 2011, at noon, Sunday, Dec. 11, in the Events Center. The highest honor Binghamton University bestows, the University Medal is awarded in recognition of distinguished service to the University, to higher education and to the larger community.
The Staten Island, N.Y., native was awarded a $26,000 scholarship from the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation in 2004, on the way to earning degrees in science, and public policy and philosophy from Binghamton University. Gupta was one of 77 winners selected from among 609 candidates from across the country on the basis of leadership potential, intellectual ability and likelihood of “making a difference.”
He was also recognized with an honorable mention in the prestigious USA Today Academic All-Star competition that honors undergraduates as representatives of all outstanding students at the nation’s colleges and universities.
While at Binghamton, Gupta founded Binghamton Students for Students International (BSSI), a Student Association-chartered group to raise awareness and funds for students in third-world countries. Over the past five years, BSSI has sent 52 students to high school and college as a result of its fundraising efforts. He was also a teaching assistant, captain of the debate team, a volunteer for Red Cross blood drives and a tutor through the Center for Academic Excellence.
Following graduation, Gupta worked as a special assistant to David Axelrod, chief strategist for the Obama for America campaign, and graduated from Yale Law School. He was appointed special assistant to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, but made a career change and left the world of politics to return to another passion—education.
He is currently a fellow at Building Excellent Schools, leading a team that is founding Nashville Prep Charter School, a grade 5-12 college prep school in Nashville, Tenn.