Binghamton University to award more than 3,290 degrees during Commencement


Binghamton University will confer an estimated 3,290 degrees for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral candidates during the 2005 Commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15, in the Events Center.

The ceremony for the Graduate School will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday, the ceremony for the professional schools will begin at 9 a.m., with the ceremony for Harpur College of Arts and Sciences graduates scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m.

Letitia Lehua Moffitt, a doctoral candidate in English/creative writing, will offer the student address at the Graduate School ceremony on Saturday.

The University will award an honorary degree to Ada Sue Hinshaw during Commencement ceremonies for the professional schools on Sunday morning. She will also give remarks.

Dean and professor of the one of the top five nursing programs in the country at the Michigan School of Nursing, Hinshaw will receive the honorary Doctor of Science degree. Her work in research methods and measurement has brought her to the pinnacle of the nursing profession.

Hinshaw began her academic career as an instructor for the University of Kansas School of Nursing before moving on to the University of California at San Francisco, the University of Arizona and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Hinshaw’s research has brought her to the forefront of her profession. Her contributions include authoring more than 100 articles covering topics as diverse as the interface of nursing and biologic science to innovative retention strategies for nursing staff. She is particularly known for her extensive work in measurement techniques.


She has co-authored two books: Magnet Hospitals Revisited: Attraction and Retention of Professional Nurses (2002), and Handbook of Clinical Nursing Research (1999).

Hinshaw’s reputation as a researcher earned her the directorship of the National Institute of Health based National Center for Nursing Research when it was formed in 1988. The Center had become a full-fledged National Institute of Nursing by the time she completed her service there in 1998. In 2001, she was elected President of the American Academy of Nursing, the profession’s most elite community of scholars. She is also one of only a few nurses to be invited to be a member of the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science.

Matthew Schneider, who will receive his bachelor of science in business management with concentrations in finance and marketing and minors in international studies and economics, will give the student address at the professional schools ceremony.

Remarks during the ceremony for Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, will be made by U.S. Representative (D-NY) Maurice Hinchey.

Hinchey has been a respected statesman and legislator from the time he was elected to the New York State Assembly by the voters of Ulster County in 1975. A U.S. Navy veteran, Hinchey became chair of the state’s Environmental Conservation Committee in 1979. Under his leadership, the committee conducted a successful investigation into the causes of “Love Canal,” the nation's first major toxic dumpsite. He developed landmark environmental legislation that includes the nation's first law to control acid rain and led the fight — first in Albany and later in Washington — to force the cleanup of PCBs from the Hudson River. Hinchey was responsible for the development of the statewide system of Urban Cultural Parks (now called Heritage Areas), including those in Kingston and Binghamton, and authored the act creating the Hudson River Valley Greenway.

Between 1982 and 1992, Hinchey led an investigation into organized crime's control of the waste-hauling industry that led to the conviction of more than 20 criminal figures. After 18 years as a state assemblyman, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992. From January 1993 through December 1998, he was a member of the House’s Committee on Banking and Financial Services and Committee on Natural Resources, after which his colleagues elected him to the House Appropriations Committee. There, he serves on its subcommittees on Agriculture and the Interior, where he has been a strong advocate for the integrity of American agriculture, focusing on protecting the family farm and the safety of the food supply.

He continues to be a firm and effective defender of America's natural resources, especially national parks and wilderness areas. Hinchey also serves on the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at State University of New York-New Paltz, and did advanced graduate work in public administration and economics at the State University of New York at Albany.

Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) will make brief welcoming remarks.

The student speaker will be Ira Glasser, a bachelor of arts in history and Judaic studies candidate. Glasser will also receive the International Studies Certificate.

Recognition ceremonies
A full schedule of recognition ceremonies for individual schools and residence communities is also planned on Saturday, May 14.
Harpur College of Arts and Sciences (Fine Arts & Humanities); 8:30 a.m., Events Center
School of Education and Human Development; 9 a.m., Osterhout Concert Theater, Anderson Center
Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science; 9:30 a.m., West Gym
Harpur College (Sciences & Math); 11 a.m., Events Center
School of Management; 2 p.m., West Gym
Decker School of Nursing; 1 p.m., Osterhout Concert Theater, Anderson Center
Harpur College (Social Sciences); 1:30 p.m., Events Center
Educational Opportunity Program; 4 p.m., Watters Theater

Residential Halls
College-in-the-Woods; 4 p.m., CIW Dining Hall
Dickinson Community; 4 p.m., Dickinson Dining Hall
Hillside Community; 4 p.m., Hillside Commons
Hinman College; 4 p.m., Hinman Dining Hall
Mountainview College; 4 p.m., Mountainview Dining Hall
Newing College; 4 p.m., Newing Dining Hall
Susquehanna Community; 4 p.m., Susquehanna Coffeehouse

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Last Updated: 9/17/13