BINGHAMTON, NY – Binghamton University will award more than 760 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees this fall. The Fall 2012 Commencement ceremony is scheduled to begin at noon Sunday, Dec. 16, in the Events Center.

James Carrigg, retired since 1996 from his position as chairman, chief executive officer and president of New York State Electric & Gas Corporation (NYSEG), will receive an honorary degree and speak at the ceremony.

A founder of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, Carrigg is a past chair of the Harpur (now Binghamton University) Forum and a past member of the Binghamton University Foundation Board of Directors.

Carrigg and his late wife, Loretta, established the Thomas L. Carrigg ’64 Scholarship in honor of his brother, Thomas, an alumnus who died at the age of 50. He has also supported the Binghamton University Libraries, the Anderson Center for the Performing Arts, athletics, the Institute for Child Development and scholarships to honor the retirements of Watson Dean Lyle Feisel, Vice President Thomas Kelly and President Lois B. DeFleur.

Matthew Comite, who will receive his bachelor’s degree in human development, will speak on behalf of the undergraduate candidates and Jason Loew, a doctoral candidate in computer science, will speak on behalf of the graduate students.

Comite is a consummate sports lover. On campus, he has interned in sports marketing for the Athletics Department, been a resident assistant for two years and a committed Intramural and Club Sports supervisor, managing a staff of 10 referees overseeing all game operations.

Loew has been at Binghamton University for several years, having earned bachelor’s degrees in both psychology and computer science, as well as a master’s degree in computer science, at Binghamton before pursuing his doctorate.