Commencement 2016: Ceremonies salute graduates and supporters
A Hollywood director/screenwriter, a U.S. senator and the grandson of Binghamton University’s first president took the Class of 2016 on trips to the past before delivering advice for the future.
“In Hollywood, we do a lot of stories about kids who are underappreciated by their parents or not loved enough by their parents,” said Marc Lawrence ’81, who has created movies such as “Miss Congeniality,”’ “Two Weeks Notice” and “Music and Lyrics.” “Those are unbelievable stories. … What we don’t do as much is talk about how desperately most parents love their kids.
“I’m assuming there are some people in the audience who helped you go here and get a degree from one of America’s best universities. If you can, say hi to them and don’t completely ignore them. Give them a hug. Slip them 20 bucks. Whatever feels right to you. They must have been instrumental on your path to success.”
The University conferred more than 3,400 degrees for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral candidates at eight Commencement ceremonies, held May 20-22. President Harvey Stenger shook the hand of each graduate who walked across the Events Center stage.
“This is the culmination of a long and challenging journey – a journey filled with the excitement of exploration and discovery, the guidance of faculty mentors and the friendship of colleagues and peers,” he said.
Stenger also saluted the parents, families and friends of the graduates who came to the ceremonies to “share in the joy of watching a loved one reach a rare milestone.”
“Your support and involvement has provided crucial sustenance for our students – ensuring that the occasional challenges of writer’s block or a disappointing test result were never too much to overcome,” he said.