History of the Memorial Courtyard

Inspired by the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, the Memorial Courtyard provides visitors with a peaceful place where the lives of alumni lost that day, as well as other deceased members of the Binghamton University community, may be remembered and celebrated.  

On Oct. 12, 2002, more than 300 people gathered in the new Memorial Courtyard, located in the center of the Fine Arts building, viewing for the first time the granite monument commemorating the 15 Binghamton alumni lost one year earlier. Hundreds of tulip and daffodil bulbs were planted in memory of those lost by family, friends, students, faculty and alumni. 

Since that day, new memorials have been added honoring other departed members of the University community — faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends. Bronze plaques bearing their names are located in the courtyard. Around the monuments, the courtyard has been made even more beautiful with more flowers, plantings, bluestone, an irrigation system, benches, lighting and arbors. The courtyard and its enhancement were made possible only through generous donations. A display at the courtyard entrance was added to acknowledge gifts of $500 or more.

In summer 2009, the garden was expanded to include an upper courtyard with more green space, plantings, seating, lighting and bluestone walkways.

The courtyard was brought to life by Michael Radner ’86, who donated part of his professional services as a landscape architect.

The beauty of the courtyard is maintained and will continue to flourish for years to come through additional gifts from alumni and friends. Make a gift to support the Memorial Courtyard.