Binghamton University to award more than 3,250 degrees at first Events Center Commencement
In ceremonies to be held for the first time on campus in 20 years, Binghamton University will confer an estimated 3,291 degrees for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral candidates during the 2004 Commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 15, and Sunday, May 16, in the Events Center. The ceremonies mark the University’s 58th Commencement.
The ceremony for the Graduate School will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday, the ceremony for Harpur College of Arts and Sciences graduates will begin at 9 a.m., with the ceremony for the professional schools scheduled at 1:30 p.m.
The University will award three honorary doctorates during ceremonies with the recipients making remarks at their respective ceremonies.
Engineering educator Eugene M. DeLoatch will receive the honorary Doctor of Science degree during the Graduate School ceremony. DeLoatch, current and founding dean of the engineering school at Morgan State University in Baltimore, is a recognized leader in his profession. He has devoted his career to enabling more minorities to pursue technological fields, including working closely with the Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science to establish The Partnership, a program that identifies academically talented engineering students at Morgan State and other historically black institutions for pursuit of graduate studies.
DeLoatch earned his bachelor of science degree in mathematics and electrical engineering from Tougaloo College in Mississippi and Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, and his master of science in electrical engineering and PhD in bioengineering from the Polytechnic University of Brooklyn. He has also taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at Howard University.
Melissa L. Killeleagh, a master of public administration (MPA) candidate, will give the student address.
Composer and teacher Ezra Laderman will receive the honorary Doctor of Music degree during the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences ceremony on Sunday. From his solo instrumental and vocal works to large-scale choral and orchestral music, three-time Guggenheim fellow Laderman is widely recognized as a major influence in American composition. After completing military service in the U.S. Army during World War II, Laderman studied composition with Stefan Wolpe of New York and Miriam Gideon at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, where he earned his bachelor of arts degree. He continued his training at Columbia University, earning a master’s degree there.
Laderman has taught at Sarah Lawrence College and was appointed professor and composer-in-residence at Binghamton University in 1972. Interspersed with his academic duties, he has been a productive composer. He has been commissioned three times by the Philadelphia Orchestra and twice by the National, Louisville and Chicago symphonies. He has written nine operas, including his best-known, Galileo, Galilei, premiered in 1979 by the Tri-Cities Opera of Binghamton.
Sean Lebowitz, a political science major, will offer the student address.
Remarks at the professional schools’ ceremony will be given by philanthropist and vice president of corporate communications at the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) Charlene Kahlor Kramer, who will receive the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Kramer, a Harpur College alumna, was the first in her family to attend college, earning a bachelor’s degree in English. In a desire to help others overcome similar financial barriers, she and her husband, Roger Kramer have endowed a number of scholarships at Binghamton for academically gifted students with financial need.
Kramer joined Fannie Mae, the nation’s largest source of funds for home mortgages in 1978, and is the key architect of an outreach program specifically designed to help economically disadvantaged and minority families buy their own homes. As a senior executive, she manages Fannie Mae’s national award-winning advertising campaigns, as well as its internal communications, publications, video production and web communications. She also oversees Fannie Mae’s social responsibility outreach programs, and her work has led to praise for the corporation and its policies from such publications as Working Mother and Fortune.
The student speaker will be Justin Hoch, a psychology and management double major.
A full schedule of recognition ceremonies for individual schools and residence communities is also planned on Saturday, May 15:
Harpur College of Arts and Sciences
Division of Humanities, 8:30 a.m., West Gym, graduates, families and guests
School of Education and Human Development
Recognition Ceremony and Reception, 9 a.m., East Gym, graduates, families and guests
Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science
Recognition Ceremony and Reception, 9:30 a.m., AC-Osterhout Concert Theater, graduates, families and guests
Division of Science and Mathematics, 11 a.m., West Gym, graduates, families and guests
School of Management
Recognition Ceremony and Reception, 1 p.m. reception, 2 p.m. ceremony, East Gym, graduates, families and guests
Decker School of Nursing
Recognition Ceremony and Reception, 1:30 p.m., AC-Osterhout Concert Theater, graduates, families and guests
Division of Social Sciences, 1:30 p.m., West Gym, graduates, families and guests
Educational Opportunity Program
Recognition Ceremony and Reception, 4 p.m., Watters Theater, graduates, families and guests
Recognition Ceremony and Reception, 4 p.m., CIW-Dining Hall, graduates, families and guests
Recognition Ceremony and Reception, 4 p.m., Dickinson Dining Hall, graduates, families and guests
Recognition Ceremony and Reception, 4 p.m., Hillside Commons, graduates, families and guests
Recognition Ceremony and Reception, 4 p.m., Hinman Dining Hall, graduates, families and guests
Recognition Ceremony and Reception, 4 p.m., Marcy Great Room, graduates, families and guests
Recognition Ceremony and Reception, 4 p.m., Newing Dining Hall, graduates, families and guests
Reception, 4 p.m., Susquehanna Coffeehouse, graduates, families and guests
Commencement ceremonies for undergraduates will be held Sunday, May 16, in the Events Center:
Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, 8 a.m. assembly and 9 a.m. ceremony
Professional schools, 12:30 p.m. assembly and 1:30 p.m. ceremony
For more information, visit www.binghamton.edu.