Binghamton University to hold commencement ceremonies May 19-20


      Binghamton University will confer more than 4,000 degrees for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral candidates during the 2007 Commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20, in the Events Center on campus. 

      The ceremony for the Graduate School will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday, the ceremony for the professional schools will begin at 9 a.m. and the ceremony for Harpur College of Arts and Sciences graduates is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m.
Political scientist J. David Singer and Allan R. Lyons will receive honorary degrees from the University during the Commencement ceremonies.

      Singer, who will speak at the Harpur College ceremony, is arguably the most significant scholar in the study of war and peace over the past four decades. A veteran of the U.S. Navy who served in World War II and the Korean War, Singer earned a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a doctorate from New York University.

       In 1963, Singer spent a year at the University of Oslo and the Institute for Social Research as a Fulbright Fellow, helping to establish the Peace Research Institute and lay the groundwork for the Correlates of War (COW) project. The COW project changed the culture of the study of political science by beginning a systematic and steady accumulation of scientific knowledge about war. One outcome of Singer’s work with COW was the 1972 publication of a book, with co-author Melvin Small, The Wages of War, which produced a standard definition of war to guide scholars in their research. A second book by the pair followed: Resort to Arms: International and Civil War, 1816-1980.

      Singer has received the Founder’s Medal of the Peace Science Society, the Susan Strange Award of the International Studies Association and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the conflict Process Section of the American Political Science Association.

      Philanthropist, teacher, accountant, investment advisor and Binghamton University alumnus and volunteer Allan R. Lyons will receive an honorary degree at the Commencement ceremony for the professional schools.

      Establishing and maintaining a relationship with Binghamton University that is virtually unparalleled, Lyons earned his bachelor of arts degree in accounting from Harpur College in 1962, before continuing his education at Ohio State University, where he received his master’s in business administration. He joined the firm of Piaker & Lyons PC in 1964 as a Certified Public Accountant, rose to the position of partner and served as chairman and chief executive officer from 1994 through his retirement in 1999.

      Currently a partner with Vestal Venture Capital and owner of 21st Century Strategic Investment Planning, LC, Lyons serves on the boards of directors of Franklin Credit Management Corporation and Source Interlink Companies, Inc. and has been a director for AMBANC Holding Company; The Score Board, Inc.; Ecosoil Systems, Inc.; IEC Electronics; Retail Entertainment Group, Inc.; and

      Since his retirement from Piaker & Lyons, he has been active in several Binghamton University Foundation initiatives including serving as a member of the Binghamton Fund’s Leadership Society; and he is currently a member of the Lead Gifts Solicitation Team for the University’s comprehensive gifts campaign. For his support of Binghamton University, he was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal for Philanthropy in 1999. 

Last Updated: 9/17/13