Binghamton University to hold second Fall commencement


BINGHAMTON, NY -- Binghamton University will confer more than 1,000 degrees for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral candidates during the Fall 2008 Commencement ceremony at noon Sunday, December 14, in the Events Center on campus.

NPR humorist, playwright and best-selling author David Sedaris will receive an honorary doctorate and speak at the ceremony. Sedaris is often heard on NPR and has earned recognition as one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. Born in Binghamton and raised in North Carolina, Sedaris was named “Humorist of the Year” in 2001 by Time magazine, and that same year was nominated for two Grammy Awards — Best Spoken Word Album for Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim and Best Comedy Album for David Sedaris: Live at Carnegie Hall. His work was recognized in 2001 with the Thurber Prize, conferred upon the author and publisher of the outstanding book of humor writing published in the United States. It is the nation’s highest recognition of the art of humor writing.

Michelle Adamski, a bachelor’s degree candidate in philosophy, politics and law (PPL) with a minor in economics, will address the undergraduates and Caroline Tushabe, a doctoral candidate in philosophy, interpretation and culture (PIC), will speak on behalf of graduate students.

Adamski, who will intern with the attorney general’s office in Poughkeepsie following graduation, plans on attending law school in fall 2009. She hopes to become a corporate attorney. Adamski served as president of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, which recognizes high scholastic achievement by freshman, and a member of the National Scholars Honor Society. She received the Student Athlete Award in 2006 for her participation on the swimming team and was active with the Student Volunteer Center.

Caroline Tushabe, a native of Uganda, earned her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Saint Mary’s College in Indiana, and her master’s in women’s studies from Texas Woman’s University. She has already started as an assistant professor in women’s studies at the University of California, Riverside.

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