Spring 2012

Ravi Gupta ‘05 awarded University Medal



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JONATHAN COHEN
Ravi Gupta '05 receives the University Medal from President C. Peter Magrath at Fall 2011 Commencement.

Binghamton University awarded more than 750 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees during the Fall 2011 Commencement ceremony in December at the Events Center. It was President C. Peter Magrath’s final Commencement ceremony before he retired at the end of the year.

Ravi Gupta ’05 received the University Medal and spoke at the ceremony. The University Medal is Binghamton’s highest honor and is awarded in recognition of distinguished service to the University, to higher education and to the larger community.

Gupta was awarded a $26,000 scholarship from the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation in 2004, on the way to earning degrees in science and in public policy and philosophy at Binghamton. While here, Gupta founded Binghamton Students for Students International (BSSI), whose mission is to raise awareness and funds for students in third-world countries.

Over the past five years, BSSI has sent 52 students to high school and college. He was also a teaching assistant, captain of the debate team, a volunteer for Red Cross blood drives and a tutor through the Center for Academic Excellence.

Following graduation, Gupta worked as a special assistant to David Axelrod, chief strategist for the Obama for America campaign, and graduated from Yale Law School. He was appointed special assistant to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, but left politics to return to another passion — education.

He is currently a fellow at Building Excellent Schools, leading a team that is founding Nashville Prep Charter School, a grade 5–12 college prep school in Nashville, Tenn.

Spring Commencement ceremonies will be May 19 and 20.