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April 2019

Randall Edouard
Dear parents and families,

Binghamton has recently had a taste of some good weather, and we are excited about "stepping on the coat" — when we actually step on a winter coat — to officially welcome spring! The end of the semester is in sight, but there is still plenty of work ahead for your students.

We have a full calendar of Stress-free Bing activities planned to keep students calm and healthy as they complete papers and projects and begin to study for finals. The warmer weather also brings opportunities for students to relax and enjoy campus in new ways — hiking through the Nature Preserve, bicycling around the Brain and more!

If your student is graduating, we offer you an early congratulations and look forward to having you on campus in May. We are already preparing for Commencement and will soon be asking graduating students to complete our Senior Survey so we have a full picture of where they end up post-graduation.

Rest assured that your students are not alone on this journey — they are supported through the excitement, rigor and challenge of life at Binghamton by a family of faculty, staff, administrators and peers. As always, my office is here to assist your students in their Binghamton journey. We can be reached at


Randall M-J Edouard,

Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Interim Dean of Students

Commencement 2019: All you need to know

On behalf of the Commencement Office and the whole University: congratulations to all parents and families of the Class of 2019! We are so excited as we prepare for our favorite weekend of the year!

We know that this is an exciting time, but it can also be stressful. Has your student gone through their Commencement checklist? Have they ordered their cap and gown and claimed their tickets? Do you know where to park? How will you find your soon-to-be-graduate?

Fear not — the Commencement Office has you covered. Our website has all of the information you need to navigate through Commencement Weekend. Whether you are here for one day or several, there is plenty to do in the Binghamton area to celebrate this huge accomplishment.

Be sure to check the Commencement Weekend schedule. If you have any questions, feel free to browse our FAQ, or contact us directly so that we can make sure your weekend is as memorable as possible.

Months of preparation on our end is so worth it to celebrate the years of preparation and hard work on your and your student's end.

The countdown is on — see you in May!

Binghamton University Bookstore

Textbook rental returns

Did your student rent textbooks this semester? With the stress of finals week and packing up approaching, remind your students to return their rented books to the Binghamton University Bookstore before they leave campus. There's no need to wait for the due date; students can return a book as soon as they are done with it. All rentals are due by May 17. Students can also print a free shipping label on the Bookstore's website if they are no longer on campus. All books must be mailed by May 19.

Have a senior graduating?

Congratulations! Cap and gown pickup starts May 6 in the Binghamton University Bookstore. Class ring specials, diploma frame discounts and other sales will happen during that week. Additionally, the Bookstore will have roses for sale outside each commencement ceremony so you can surprise your graduate. The Bookstore and the Event Center shop will also be open all weekend long for anything you may need. For more information, follow the Bookstore on Facebook.

Save on Summer Session books

It is never too early to start saving! Now is the time to order for Summer Session. Be the first for rentals and used textbooks. Visit the Bookstore website for more information.

Stress-free Bing and #StudyBing

Coordinated by the Dean of Students Office (DOS), Stress-free Bing is a campus-wide initiative providing interesting, fun and stress-reducing activities for students as they prepare for finals. These events and activities will run from April 15 through 26.
DOS also keeps a #StudyBing calendar from May 3 to 17, to help students find places to study, eat and park during this busy time on campus. Check the Dean of Students website for the combined Stress-free Spring and #StudyBing calendar.

Senior Survey

Congratulations to those of you who are a parent or family member of an upcoming Binghamton University graduate! Your student will be faced with many details during these last few weeks of the semester. One of these is the University's Senior Survey.

Each semester prior to Commencement, Binghamton University surveys graduating seniors to collect information about their post-graduation career plans. This information helps us to better understand the career pathways of our graduating seniors which, in turn, helps us make decisions about resources, program improvements and trends.

Encourage your student to participate in the survey, which is sent to their campus email address. It should only take three minutes to complete, and those who complete the survey may be eligible to win one of many prizes!

Fleishman Center helps students explore careers

The options for career paths are endless. The Fleishman Center has many resources available to help make the search less intimidating and overwhelming. If your student is unsure about their career path, the Fleishman Center, in collaboration with academic advising, can help them identify their personal interests and skills, and how they connect to Binghamton majors and possible careers. The Fleishman Center offers a number of programs designed to introduce students to a variety of fields that may interest them.

CDCI-200 online career exploration course

This two-credit online career exploration course, offered during summer and winter breaks, helps students create a meaningful and purposeful plan to prepare for their future career. The course is ideal for first-year students, sophomores or juniors who are still exploring their options, are having second thoughts about their current career ideas, or are experiencing overall uncertainty about their career direction. The deadline to register for this summer's CDCI-200 course is May 31. Learn more about this program on the Fleishman Center website.

Self-assessment tools are an excellent place to start when making career choices such as choosing a major, exploring occupations and determining a career plan. These tools can help students identify work interests, personality traits, strengths and values and relate them to the world of work. Learn more about available assessment tools on the Fleishman Center website.

Other programs to help students explore careers

Employer Site Visits: A series of career and networking events in cities such as NYC, Washington D.C., Boston and Silicon Valley is offered during school breaks. The visits allow students to see how organizations work and meet alumni, staff and recruiters on site.

Passport to Career Success: The passport provides recommended action steps to keep students on track with career exploration and development activities during their time at Binghamton University.

If your student is unsure about their future career, they can meet with a Fleishman Center career consultant during walk-in hours, Monday–Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in UU-133A, or by scheduling an appointment through their hireBING by Handshake account.

President Harvey Stenger's Road Map Quarterly Report is released

Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger has released his quarterly report for the months of January through March 2019. Learn about Binghamton University's activities and initiatives in his report and those of the vice presidents for academic affairs, advancement, operations, student affairs, research and the director of athletics and chief diversity officer.

Outdoor activities for the warmer weather

The weather is getting warmer, which means students are starting to get out and explore our beautiful campus. Our 182-acre Nature Preserve is accessible via a network of maintained hiking trails, which expose students to a wonderful array of forest, meadow and wetland habitats that are home to a diverse selection of mammals, amphibians, reptiles and birds.

Students who are exploring campus this spring are encouraged to be aware of the possibility of tick bites. Ticks, which are increasingly found to be carrying Lyme disease, can be found almost anywhere, including wooded areas, backyards and on university campuses where there is high grass, shrubs or even piles of leaves. If your student is spending time outside, remind them to check for ticks when they return indoors. More information about preventing and treating tick bites can be found on the Health Promotion and Prevention Services website.

If sticking to the main roads is more your student's style, you can let them know that Binghamton University has partnered with Gotcha Bike, a bike share and technology company, to bring 30 GPS-enabled bikes to campus. These bikes are spread out in four locations on main campus. To ride, your student will need to download the free Gotcha app to join and reserve. Bikes may be reserved at no charge for two hours a day and for $5 an hour after the two-hour time period. Learn more on the Transportation and Parking Services website.

Parents Leadership Council seeks members for 2019–20

Interested in getting involved at Binghamton at the leadership level? Parents of Binghamton students have an opportunity to join the Parents Leadership Council (PLC), whose members complement and support the University's strategic directives and initiatives by acting as advancement advocates for the Division of Student Affairs through private support and outreach. Members participate in quarterly conference calls and are invited to campus in the spring semester for an on-campus meeting and reception with President Harvey Stenger.

More information can be found online. If you have questions or would like to talk with a current PLC member, contact Linda Salomons, parent, family and events coordinator, at

Financial Aid

Scholarship applications for 2019–20

Students may now apply for 2019–20 Binghamton University scholarships based on community service, leadership, volunteerism, extracurricular activities and more. To be eligible, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, attained at Binghamton University. They must also plan to enroll full-time in both fall 2019 and spring 2020. The application process closes on April 26.

Summer 2019 financial aid

Students seeking to use Federal Direct loans to help pay for summer courses must be in good standing, have their 2019–20 FAFSA on file and complete a 2019–20 Summer Loan Request Form. More information on how to finance Summer Session is available on the Financial Aid website.

Proxy access available for financial aid information

"Proxy access" is the ability students have to grant others access to view their financial aid information in BU BRAIN. For more information about Proxy Access, and instructions for students, visit the Proxy Access webpage.

Student Records

Spring 2019 proof of enrollment

Spring 2019 proof of enrollment is available online through the National Student Clearinghouse. Students can access this through BU BRAIN.

Summer registration

Summer registration is available through BU BRAIN. Students must clear all holds before they can register.

Fall advanced registration

  • The online schedule of fall classes and student time tickets became available to view on March 25 through BU BRAIN.
  • Students must clear all holds before they can register.
  • Graduate student registration began at 9 a.m. on March 29.
  • Undergraduate student registration began at 9 a.m. on April 1. Time tickets are based on credit hours earned.
  • Advanced registration will close on at 11:59 p.m. on May 10. Registration will not re-open until the add/drop registration period for the fall 2019 semester.

Graduating seniors — applications for degree

Currently enrolled undergraduates intending to graduate in spring 2019 must complete the online Application for Degree available on BU BRAIN in order to receive their degree. Students completing coursework at another school in spring 2019 must email to complete the Application for Degree.

University withdrawal for the spring semester

Now that the spring 2019 add/drop period has ended, students seeking to withdraw completely from the University must submit the University Withdrawal form to Financial Aid and Student Records, Admissions Center 112. The Semester Withdrawal Form is required for a student who wishes to drop ALL courses and who wants their academic record to indicate in good standing.

Clear Holds

  • Be sure to clear all holds that may prevent registration.
  • Holds can be viewed online through BU BRAIN.

Lost IDs

  • Students can request a replacement ID card through BU BRAIN or by sending us an email (using their official Binghamton University email account — emails from other accounts cannot be processed) with their name and B-number to Students must be registered for the fall semester in order to receive a replacement ID card.
  • There is a $20 fee for all replacement ID cards, which will be assessed to the student's bill in Student Accounts.
  • Note: students will need a photo ID to pick up their card. Acceptable forms of ID include: driver's license, passport, high school or other university photo ID.

Official expedited electronic transcripts now available

  • In addition to free official paper transcripts, we now offer official expedited electronic transcripts.
  • $5.00 USD charge per recipient for the expedited service.
  • More information about this new electronic transcript service is available online.

Parents: Facebook just for you!

Like the Binghamton University Bearcat Families Facebook page today so you can receive daily news and information from Binghamton University, as well as win fun prizes just for parents!

Visiting Binghamton?

If you're planning a trip to Binghamton, visit the Visiting Binghamton section on our website or the Greater Binghamton Convention and Visitors Bureau for information on what to see, where to stay and where to eat while you're here.

Update parent information

Keep your contact information updated in our parent database. If your address, phone or email has changed, send a note to to let us know. And if you're looking for more from us, check out some of our pages targeted directly to parents and guardians:

Calendar of events

  • University's Academic Calendar
  • March 16: Residence halls close at 11 a.m.
  • March 16-24: No classes (spring break)
  • March 24: Residence halls open at 2 p.m.
  • March 25: Classes resume
  • April 2: Grade option change/Withdrawal deadline
  • April 19: No classes (Easter, Passover)
  • April 26: Classes dismiss at 1 p.m. (Passover)

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Last Updated: 4/4/19