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Memorial Courtyard features new plaque display

Families, friends memorialize loved ones through their giving

Binghamton staff, alumni and friends at a cleanup project in the Memorial Courtyard as part of Alumni Global Day of Service 2018
University President Harvey Stenger holds an umbrella over staff and friends who volunteered for a Memorial Courtyard cleanup project as part of the 2018 Alumni Global Day of Service.  Photography: Jonathan Cohen.

The Memorial Courtyard at Binghamton University now includes new plaques on a granite display.

The plaques memorialize the loved ones of families and friends who have chosen this campus site of beauty and peace to honor the lives of deceased members of the University community.

The plaques grew too numerous to fit on the two boulders where they were previously located. So, the Binghamton University Foundation replaced all of the plaques and provided support for the design and creation of the new display.

Inspired by the tragic events of 9/11, the Memorial Courtyard provides visitors with a dedicated place on campus where the lives of alumni lost that day, as well as other deceased members of the University community, may be remembered and celebrated.

Aerial view of Memorial Courtyard and new plaque display
The new plaque display in the courtyard. Photography: Casey Staff.

In October 2002, more than 300 people gathered in the courtyard to view for the
first time a monument commemorating the 15 Binghamton alumni lost one year earlier. Hundreds of tulip and daffodil bulbs also were 
planted in memory of those lost. Since then, new memorials and enhancements have been added to the courtyard to honor other departed members of the University community — faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends.

Donor generosity made it possible to establish the courtyard. Donor gifts provide for the courtyard’s continued maintenance and improvement.