19 Things for Binghamton Students to Do Before Commencement

Posted by Gabriella Derlly on April 17, 2019

Just a few more weeks until I walk across the Events Center stage, move my tassel to the left, and throw my cap in the air -- and just like that I and my fellow classmates will be able to call ourselves Binghamton University graduates! Before that momentous day happens, however, there's a few things I want to do. Sure, we’ve studied vigorously, pulled countless all-nighters, been over-caffeinated from Jazzman’s coffee, and have taken about a million laps around M-lot trying to find a spot, but we still haven’t done it all! Here's a list of must-do activities before graduating from Binghamton!

Ride a carousel

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In case you didn’t know, Binghamton happens to be the carousel capital of the world, so it's obviously a prerequiste for students to take a ride before graduation. 

Attend a Rumble Ponies game

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I'm sad to say as a graduating senior that I have yet to attend a Rumble Ponies game. I need to attend a game and gift myself a foam finger or baseball cap for proof!

Chill at the "Blake"

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Also known as Nathaniel Cole Park, this hidden treasure gives us a little taste of the beach. With our two-week window of sunshine, it's essential to get a quick trip in. 

Get a sweet treat at Sugar Lips

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Whether it's the homemade cookies-n-cream ice cream or the smell of waffle cones wafting down the street, Sugar Lips will be dearly missed. 

Experience the Ithaca Gorges

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You can really experience the beauty of Upstate New York in Ithaca, and it's less than an hour's drive away. 

Visit the Binghamton Zoo

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How can you resist seeing a real-life bearcat? Not counting our most favorite one, of course.

Get down at the Library Rave

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Yep, you read that correctly. Library. Rave. I never thought I would see those two words in the same sentence, but the rave has become an epic Binghamton tradition!

Have a swingin'-good time at 205 Dry

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You might need a secret code or a mystery knock for this hidden downtown speakeasy, but the chicken sandwich is SO worth it.

Have a blast at Spring Fling

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Whether for the cotton candy and funnel cakes or the headlining musical performer, Spring Fling is something everyone looks forward to.

Watch the sun set at the Nature Preserve

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The Nature Preserve is scenic all year long, but it's especially pretty when you don't need to wear a ski mask and three pairs of gloves to bear the cold. I would love to watch the sunset and soak in the last moments of Binghamton there.

Experience farm-to-table

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Whole in the Wall is known for their seasonally changing menu and for using the freshest ingredients. Their Garlic Ball and housemade pesto are delicious. 

Get career advice at the Fleishman Center

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The Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development is a vital resource for help with anything career-wise. Whether it be your resume, your Linkedin headshot or advice on an interview, they are there to help!

Stop by the Cracker Barrel

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One of the many perks of living in Upstate New York are the Cracker Barrels. I must come home with something from that magical gift shop! Whether it's that addicting triangle game, or their scrumptious pancake mix, there's a souvenir for everyone!

Eat the best Chicken spiedie Binghamton has to offer

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What’s Binghamton without spiedies? Before Binghamton and I go our separate ways, I must try Binghamton's staple sandwich.

Sweat at a hot yoga session

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There are plenty of yoga studios that offer student discounts. What better way to release some stress than sweating it all out?

Shop at a farmer's market

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There's nothing like shopping for your produce and making a tasty meal with all of Binghamton’s freshest ingredients!

Take a selfie with Baxter

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The cat, the myth, the legend. Baxter will be on the top of my “most-missed” list once I graduate.

Shop at Wegmans

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Wegmans is going to be one of my hardest goodbyes. Sure, Long Island has our beloved Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, but nothing compares to Wegmans’ cheese samples, their sub station, or their aisles of fresh produce.

Do the bar crawl

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Bar Crawl is a tradition that the graduating class looks forward to. So seniors, take your last look at State Street in all of its glory -- and crawl responsibly!

Saying farewell to Binghamton will not be easy. It's been my home for the past four years and I've had the pleasure to experiencing so many amazing things here. I'm excited to embark on the next chapter, but for now I'm ready to check off my bucket list and experience Binghamton to the fullest!

Gabriella Derlly is a senior getting her BS in Human Development, and an intern in the Office of Media and Public Relations. She is interested in pursuing a career in the entertainment industry after graduation. In her free time she likes to purchase unnecessary items on Amazon and watches too much reality TV for her own good. 

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