Binghamton University to hold Fall commencement
BINGHAMTON, NY -- Binghamton University will confer more than 700 degrees for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral candidates during the Fall 2009 Commencement ceremony at noon Sunday, December 13, in the Events Center on campus.
Social welfare administrator and writer Geoffrey Canada will receive an honorary doctorate and speak at the ceremony. Canada is the current president and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone, a group that strives to break the chains of poverty for children in one of New York City’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods. In 2004, Canada created the Promise Academy Charter Schools for students from kindergartem through grade 12. These schools operate an hour longer each day than other schools to give students the time and attention they need to succeed through activities including free after-school tutoring and enrichment programs.
Canada has authored two books, First Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America and Reaching up for Manhood: Transforming the Lives of Boys in America, as well as numerous articles. He has receivd several awards, including the Heinz Award for Service to the Human Condition, the Jefferson Award for Public Service and the Robin Hood Foundation Hero of the Year Award. In 2004 he was honored with the McGraw Prize in Education. Canada has been named one of the NY Influentials in Education by New York magazine in 2006, one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report in 2005.
Anthony Corvino, a bachelor’s degree candidate in political science, will address the undergraduates and Ida Amelia Jones, a doctoral candidate in translation studies, will speak on behalf of the graduate students. Corvino will remain at Binghamton to pursue his master’s degree in elementary education. He has performed with the Dickinson Community Players and in Bard in the Yard and is currently the president of the Roller Hockey Club.
A Clifford D. Clark Fellow, Jones came to Binghamton after earning her bachelor’s degree in French from SUNY Oswego. She first earned a master’s degree in computer science at Binghamton before turning to translation studies. She has taught at Broome Community College, Binghamton University and St. Joseph’s Convent in Castries, St. Lucia, and been a language assistant at the Academie of Montpellier in France. Jones has been involved with the Binghamton University Chorus and was captain of the Binghamton Ballroom Dance Team for two years.