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2 students to speak at Commencement

2 students to speak at Commencement Fall Commencement 2009 will feature remarks from two student speakers — one undergraduate and one graduate student. About 400 students who completed their degrees in the summer or fall are expected to participate in the noontime ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 13, in the Events Center.

Anthony Corvino, who will receive his bachelor’s degree in political science, will speak on behalf of the undergraduate candidates and Ida Amelia Jones, who is receiving her doctorate in translation studies, will speak on behalf of the graduate students.

Corvino, from Staten Island, has developed his love of performance while at Binghamton, acting with the Dickinson Community Players in Lend Me a Tenor and Clue, in Bard in the Yard’s Hamlet/Romeo and Juliet outside the Fine Arts Building and in Problem Child, presented in Studio A of the Fine Arts Building. His sense of humor has also served him well; he won a stand-up comedy competition last spring after taking a course in humorous writing.

Corvino, who also participated in the Roller Hockey Club and served as its president for a season, plans to remain at Binghamton University to pursue his master’s degree in elementary education.

“I’m continuing toward my goal of becoming an elementary school teacher,” he said. “I hope at graduation my speech will bring some laughter, maybe a few tears, and then we will all celebrate at the end, together.”

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, receiving her advanced certificate in translation in August 2005 before continuing in the doctoral program.

She has taught at Broome Community College, Binghamton University and St. Joseph’s Convent in Castries, St. Lucia, and has been a language assistant at the Academie of Montpellier in France.

A singer with the Binghamton University Chorus and a marathon runner, Jones is a dancer at heart. Her participation as a member, and captain for two years, of the Binghamton Ballroom Dance Team brought her “far and away” her best memories of campus.

Coupled with the clean, fresh air and well-kept grounds, she said she will take away memories of the beautiful, serene campus when she pursues a career in translating or teaching in the Washington, D.C., area following graduation.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08