Summer 2011

Degrees of joy

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Family members of Jon True, who graduated in May with a degree in economics, attend the Harpur College Commencement wearing matching baseball caps that read, "It's True." True's grandfather, Jerry True, was among Binghamton's first graduates when he received his diploma with the Class of 1949.

Binghamton University awarded degrees to 3,240 graduates at spring Commencement May 21 and 22. Here are the numbers, by school:

Graduate degrees

Harpur College, 226

School of Management, 193

Watson School, 181

School of Education, 75

College of Community and Public Affairs, 73

Decker School of Nursing, 43

Graduate School, 7

Undergraduate degrees

Harpur College, 1,503

Watson School, 316

School of Management, 289

Decker School, 212

College of Community and Public Affairs, 122

Honorary degrees went to:

Terence M. Keane, MA ’76, PhD ’79, a scholar/researcher and clinician

David Orr, an environmental leader and educator/writer

Owen Pell ’80, lawyer and philanthropist

The University Medal was awarded to William Chen, a landmark researcher who was instrumental in establishing the relationship between the University and IBM-Endicott.


Owen Pell ‘80 uses Eminem and the Wizard of Oz to deliver a message about mentoring. Video.