Billy Baldwin to receive University Medal, speak at Commencement


BINGHAMTON, NY -- Actor, producer and writer William “Billy” Baldwin will be recognized with the University Medal during Binghamton University’s fall commencement ceremony to be held at noon, Sunday, December 12, in the Events Center. The highest honor Binghamton University bestows, the University Medal is awarded in recognition of distinguished service to the University, to higher education and to the larger community.

Baldwin, a dedicated and enthusiastic supporter of Binghamton University since his days as a student, will also make remarks during the ceremony, at which approximately 400 students graduate.

A native of Massapequa, N.Y., Baldwin graduated from Binghamton in 1985 with a degree in political science and now serves as co-chair of Bold.Brilliant.Binghamton – The Campaign for Binghamton University. In memory of his father, he established the Alexander Rae Baldwin Jr. Memorial Scholarship, awarded to a student in performing arts (theatre) who has demonstrated financial need, holds a GPA of 3.0 or higher and has demonstrated a commitment to community service.

Baldwin continues to showcase his talents in the world of film, television and music.

Recent TV credits include Parenthood and Gossip Girl. His recurring role on Gossip Girl follows his earlier success on the ABC series, Dirty Sexy Money, where he starred opposite Jill Clayburgh, Donald Sutherland and Peter Krause. He also stars in Sony Pictures’ cable feature film, Craigslist Killer, which will air in January 2011.

Baldwin has starred in more than 25 films, including the award-winning The Squid and the Whale; the hit comedy, Forgetting Sarah Marshall; the indie comedy, Noise, with Tim Robbins and William Hurt; and Humble Pie, which was an official selection in the 2007 Slamdance Film Festival and the HBO Comedy Arts Festival.

He has also crossed over into the world of producing, serving as executive producer of the Chynna & Vaughan album, One Reason, and co-producing the film Lymelife, starring his brother, Alec Baldwin, and Cynthia Nixon.

Baldwin serves on the boards of Project ALS (raising funds to find a cure for Lou Gehrig’s disease), the Massapequa Community Fund (an endowment providing grants to local nonprofits and scholarships for graduating seniors, in his hometown) and Mercy Corps (an international relief organization), and also serves as vice president of the board of directors for the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund. 

Baldwin recently returned to the Binghamton campus to speak with students, faculty and staff.  To see more visit: 





Last Updated: 9/17/13