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Record number to receive degrees at Commencement

By : Katie Ellis

In its largest graduating class ever, Binghamton University will confer an estimated 3,351 degrees for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral candidates during the 2003 Commencement ceremonies Sunday, May 18, in the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. The ceremonies mark the University’s 57th commencement and its largest to date.

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.

Director and producer Sydney Pollack will receive the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters and Nobel Prize-winning chemist Alan MacDiarmid will receive the honorary Doctor of Science at the morning ceremony. Each will also make remarks.

Ariella Duker, an art history major, will give the student address.

The afternoon ceremony will begin with a welcome by Russell W. Bessette, MD, executive director of the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR). As executive director, Bessette leads NYSTAR in fulfilling its mandate to develop New York state’s leadership position in high-technology research and economic development. A critical element of NYSTAR’s mission is the recognition that New York’s world-class public and private research universities and academic centers are powerful economic development engines that can create new high-tech jobs and opportunity for New Yorkers.

Remarks for the afternoon ceremony will be given by inventor Dean Kamen and Mark Zurack ’78, who will each be conferred with the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

The student speaker for the afternoon ceremonies is James Mack, a finance major.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08