Binghamton University to hold Commencement on May 19


Binghamton University will confer approximately 2,500 bachelor’s degrees, 805 master’s degrees and 110 doctoral degrees during the 2002 Commencement ceremonies Sunday, May 19, in the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. The Decker School of Nursing will be conferring its first-ever doctoral degrees at the afternoon ceremony.

The ceremony for Harpur College of Arts and Sciences graduates is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. The ceremony for the graduate and professional schools will begin at 12:30 p.m.

National leader on minority education Freeman A. Hrabowski III will deliver remarks and be conferred with the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at the morning ceremony. Cisco Systems executive and Binghamton alumnus Gary P. Kunis will speak at the afternoon ceremony and will also receive the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

Currently president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Hrabowski’s reputation as a dynamic leader in higher education and minority achievement, and as an active scholar in science and engineering, is unequaled. He attended the Hampton Institute in Virginia, graduating with highest honors in mathematics at age 19, and earned both his master’s and PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

In 1976, Hrabowski became associate professor of statistics and research and associate dean for graduate studies at Alabama A&M University. In 1977, he accepted dual positions as professor of mathematics and dean of arts and sciences at Coppin State College in Baltimore, Md. and in 1981, he was appointed vice president for academic affairs there.

Hrabowski was appointed vice provost at UMBC in 1987, and a year later began working with philanthropists Robert and Jane Meyerhoff to create the Meyerhoff Scholarship Program. Originally designed to increase the number of black students in science and engineering, the program has since been expanded to include all students.

Hrabowski was named executive vice president at UMBC in 1990 and president in 1992. In that role, he continues efforts to strengthen the education of minority students, particularly in the sciences, mathematics and engineering. He serves as a consultant to the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Department of Education and to a number of universities and school systems.

Hrabowski was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, receiving the McGraw Prize in Education, and has received numerous other honors. He was also instrumental in the formation of the Governor's Academy for Mathematics, Science, and Technology and held leadership roles in a number of academic and business organizations.

As an early innovator with Boeing Corporation and Cisco Systems, Gary P. Kunis is an Internet pioneer. Kunis earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Binghamton University in 1973 and a master’s in economics from Tufts University in 1976. After working briefly in the financial field, he joined New Hampshire-based Digital Equipment Corp., then a major computer maker. As senior software engineer, his work was devoted to the relatively new field of computer networking and intranet applications.

Kunis attended Binghamton University’s School of Advanced Technology — precursor to the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science — in 1984, but left to join Boeing, the Seattle-based aerospace manufacturer. From 1985 to 1990, he was Boeing’s chief networking engineer, responsible for the design and deployment of the their intranet and numerous Internet projects for the U.S. government, the Department of Defense and NASA.

In 1987, Kunis led a National Science Foundation-funded project to develop and deploy NorthWest Net, the Internet backbone for the Pacific Northwest region. In 1990, he joined a start-up Silicon Valley company that consisted of “14 people and a dog.” Cisco Systems is now a multi-billion-dollar, multinational leader in the design and manufacture of networking equipment, remains at the heart of the Internet. Kunis’ role has grown as the company has. He is currently vice president and chief science officer and executive sponsor for Cisco's Japan Operations.

In 2000, Kunis and his wife, Natasha, gave the University its largest single donation from an alumnus to support scholarships, enhanced computer networking and start-up funds for a networking research and instructional laboratory.

Student speakers

Kathleen Lotterhos, a senior from Waterloo, N.Y. who will earn her bachelor of arts in physics, will give the student address for the morning ceremony. Winner of the prestigious Goldwater Scholar award as well as a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, Lotterhos has participated in physics research at the University of California-San Diego (UCSD) and the University of Rochester, and in chemistry research at Binghamton. Lotterhos served as a tutor for the EOP walk-in program, and as a charter member and first president of Alpha Phi Omega, the national service fraternity. She has also participated in several club sports, including track, rugby and soccer, volunteered at the Art Co-op, and spent winter break volunteering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on beach and mangrove swamp clean-ups in Puerto Rico.

Tracy Tse, a senior from Staten Island, N.Y. who will earn a bachelor of science degree in finance and management information systems, will deliver the afternoon ceremony’s student address. Tse served as president of the campus chapter of the American Marketing Association and is a member of Beta Alpha Psi, the accounting honor society. Recipient of a University Award for Student Excellence, Tse will also appear in Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. She has also served on the School of Management’s Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and the Dean’s Student Advisory Board.

Recognition Ceremonies Also Scheduled

A full schedule of recognition ceremonies is also planned throughout the day on Saturday, May 18.

Harpur College of Arts and Sciences will sponsor three ceremonies in the West Gym: at 9:30 a.m. for the Division of Fine Arts and Humanities; at 12 noon for the Division of Science and Mathematics; and at 2:30 p.m. for the Division of Social Sciences.

Other recognition ceremonies and receptions for graduates, their families and guests are scheduled as follows:

9 a.m.     School of Education and Human Development, East Gym

10 a.m.     Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, Anderson Center Concert Theater

1 p.m.    School of Management, East Gym

2 p.m.    Decker School of Nursing, Anderson Center Concert Theater

4 p.m.    Educational Opportunity Program, Watters Theater

4:30 p.m.     College-in-the-Woods, CIW Dining Hall; Dickinson Community, Dickinson Dining Hall; Hillside Community, Hillside Commons; Hinman College, Hinman Dining Hall; Newing College, Newing Dining Hall; Susquehanna Community, Susquehanna Coffee House

Last Updated: 9/17/13