Donor-funded awards recognize student achievement
Binghamton conferred more than 3,400 degrees for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral candidates at eight Commencement ceremonies held May 20-22. Commencement is a time to celebrate student achievement. The Binghamton University Foundation facilitates honoring students with donor-funded awards.
This year, 199 students received donor-funded awards to recognize their achievements. Some of the awards presented this year include:
• The Umar Mukhtar and Harriet Tubman Award in Africana Studies, which was established in 2015 by Akbar Muhammad. A $500 award is given to each graduating senior majoring in Africana Studies who achieved a GPA of 3.5. Muhammad was a professor emeritus of history who died in April.
• The Alfred Bendixen Prize, which was established in 1999 by Harpur College alumnus Alfred Bendixen ’73. The award is presented to the English major who writes the best honors thesis as determined by a committee of English Department faculty.
• The Daniel ’94 and Lisa Black Student Award, which is presented to an undergraduate student in the School of Management. The student must have strong academic credentials and be actively involved in their school or community through sports, philanthropy or student organizations.