Binghamton University to hold commencement ceremonies May 20-21


    Binghamton University will confer more than 3,600 degrees for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral candidates during the 2006 Commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21, in the Events Center on campus. 

    The ceremony for the Graduate School will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday, the ceremony for the professional schools will begin at 9 a.m. and the ceremony for Harpur College of Arts and Sciences graduates is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m.

     Dr. Erwin Goldberg, a prominent reproductive biologist and Harpur College graduate; Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Linda Greenhouse; and world-renowned percussionist Evelyn Glennie will receive honorary degrees from the University during Commencement ceremonies.

    Goldberg 'will receive an honorary degree and speak at the Graduate School Commencement ceremony. He has sought to extend basic observations from the laboratory to the bedside throughout his career. Currently professor of biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.,

    Goldberg began his undergraduate years at Triple Cities College in 1947, and, following the rededication of the school as Harpur College, became a member of the first Harpur College graduating class, earning his bachelor's degree in biology.
Greenhouse, a journalist and longtime Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times, will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters and make remarks during the Commencement ceremony for professional schools.

    Greenhouse has been recognized for her reporting excellence on numerous occasions by organizations including the New York State Bar Association, the American Law Institute and the American Political Science Association. In 1998, she received the Pulitzer Prize in journalism for beat reporting, considered the premiere recognition of journalistic excellence.

    Since 1980, Greenhouse has appeared regularly on television as a panelist on PBS’ Washington Week in Review. She is the author of Becoming Justice Blackmun, published in 2005 by Henry Holt and Co.

    World-renowned percussionist Evelyn Glennie, profoundly deaf from the age of 12, will receive an honorary degree and speak at the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences Commencement.

    Glennie made her solo debut in 1986 in London. After a year of study in Japan, she joined conductor Sir George Solti and pianists Murray Perahia and David Corkhill for a performance filmed for a CBS documentary. A recording from that performance of Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion won a 1988 Grammy Award for best chamber music performance. She has since been nominated twice for Grammy Awards, winning a second, and was nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award, the equivalent of an Oscar, for her first high-quality drama score.

    Glennie often performs barefoot, more to move about with ease during her energetic performances than to feel the vibrations. She can distinguish different vibrations and has said she feels the vibrations from low-pitched tones in her legs and feet and those from higher pitched tones on her face, neck and chest.

    Glennie published an autobiography in 1990 titled Good Vibrations. She has appeared in three documentaries on her life, most recently a 2004 production titled Touch the Sound.


Recognition ceremonies
A full schedule of recognition ceremonies for individual schools and residence communities is also planned on Saturday, May 20.
Harpur College of Arts and Sciences (Division of Fine Arts and Humanities): 8:30 a.m., Events Center
School of Education and Human Development: 9 a.m., Osterhout Concert Theater, Anderson Center
Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science: 9 a.m., West Gym
Harpur College (Division of Sciences and Math): 11 a.m., Events Center
School of Management: 2 p.m., West Gym
Decker School of Nursing; 1 p.m., Osterhout Concert Theater, Anderson Center
Harpur College (Division of Social Sciences): 1:30 p.m., Events Center
Educational Opportunity Program: 4 p.m., Watters Theater

Residential Halls
College-in-the-Woods: 4 p.m., CIW Dining Hall
Dickinson Community: 4 p.m., Dickinson Dining Hall
Hillside Community: 4 p.m., Hillside Commons
Hinman College: 4 p.m., Hinman Dining Hall
Mountainview College: 4 p.m., Mountainview Dining Hall
Newing College: 4 p.m., Newing Dining Hall
Susquehanna Community: 4 p.m., Susquehanna Coffeehouse
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Last Updated: 9/17/13