May 20, 2015
Dear Binghamton University Community,
Wow! What an incredible Spring Commencement weekend!
Eight ceremonies, three honorary degrees and one University medal awarded, 3,400 hundred hands shaken – and I got to meet Flo!
From the Progressive Insurance commercials, Flo is really Stephanie Courtney '92, who received an alumni award and spoke at our Harpur fine arts and humanities ceremony. Not only was she funny, but she had a great message: Dare to be imperfect.
Other alumni honorees included Yasmin Hurd '82, professor of psychiatry, neuroscience, and pharmacology and systems therapeutics as well as the Ward-Coleman Chair in Translational Neuroscience and director of the Center for Addictive Disorders at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, who encouraged students to step out of their comfort zone and be bold at the Harpur science and mathematics ceremony; Salvatore Caruana '73, founder and CEO of Foster Capital Corporation, who told students to always love who they are because there is no greater gift to give yourself at the Harpur social sciences ceremony; and Howard Unger '82, founding partner of Saw Mill Capital LLC, who spoke at the School of Management ceremony, reminding students that they have "hutzpah" and they should continue to make the most of every opportunity.
You can check out the video of Courtney's speech online, and also read our Commencement coverage highlighting our ceremonies, honorees and 11 student speakers (including Don Greenberg, whose speech was pre-recorded to allow him to observe his Sabbath) in Inside.
Next, on the surface our pace may appear to change, but the campus remains in high gear all summer, with Summer Session classes and prepping for our incoming and returning students. Orientation begins in late June and runs through the month of July, Welcome Weekend plans are well underway for August and we're continuing to plan both the construction of a building and the curricula for our School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
It's been an exceptional year of growth and successes. We look forward to another one as we look ahead to fall 2015!