Binghamton University to hold inaugural Fall commencement


       Binghamton University will confer more than 1,000 degrees for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral candidates during the first 2007 Fall Commencement ceremony at noon Sunday, December 9, in the Events Center on campus. 

       Television journalist and CNN special correspondent and anchor Soledad O’Brien will be the keynote speaker.  Former co-anchor of CNN’s American Morning, O'Brien now anchors and reports in-depth for CNN on significant stories, and anchors Special Investigations Unit specials throughout the year.

       “We’re delighted to have Soledad O’Brien speak to our graduates at our first Fall Commencement,” President Lois B. DeFleur said. “As a strong proponent of education and mentoring, she sets an example of excellence for our students.”

       O’Brien, who has addressed a variety of topics in past speeches, including diversity in the media and the workplace, technology and women’s issues, will be awarded the University Medal -- the highest honor the University can bestow.

       Decker School of Nursing doctoral candidate Margaret Wells and Alan Weissman, a bachelor’s degree in psychology candidate, will also address fellow students at Fall Commencement.

       Wells, a board-certified adult nurse practitioner, is an assistant clinical professor at SUNY Upstate Medical University’s College of Nursing. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Georgetown University and her master of science in nursing and post-master’s nurse practitioner certificate from Syracuse University.

       Weissman, chapter president of the National Society of Leadership and Success at Binghamton University, has worked as a billing analyst for New York Carolina Express, served as a leadership consultant for the XCEL Center for Excellence in Student Leadership and served as director of public relations for Rainbow Pride Union.
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Last Updated: 9/17/13