Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Commencement ’17


WELCOME TO COMMENCEMENT! WELCOME TO COMMENCEMENT!
WELCOME TO COMMENCEMENT! WELCOME TO COMMENCEMENT! CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2017! CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2017!
CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2017! CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2017! I AM GRAND MARSHAL FERNANDO I AM GRAND MARSHAL FERNANDO
GUZMAN AND I WOULD LIKE TO CALL TO ORDER THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE THOMAS J. WATSON SCHOOL OF OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW
YORK AT BINGHAMTON. EVERYONE, PLEASE RISE;
GENTLEMEN, PLEASE REMOVE YOUR HATS.
WE WELCOME YOU TO JOIN VOCALIST LINDSAY BROWN IN SINGING THE
NATIONAL ANTHEM. OH, SAY CAN YOU SEE BY THE
DAWN’S EARLY LIGHT WHAT SO PROUDLY WE HAILED AT THE
TWILIGHT’S LAST GLEAMING? WHOSE BROAD STRIPES AND BRIGHT
STARS THROUGH THE PERILOUS FIGHT, O’ER THE RAMPARTS WE
WATCHED WERE SO GALLANTLY STREAMING?
AND THE ROCKET’S RED GLARE, THE BOMBS BURSTING IN AIR, GAVE
PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT THAT OUR FLAG WAS STILL THERE.
OH, SAY DOES THAT STAR-SPANGLED BANNER YET WAVE O’ER THE LAND OF
THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE? OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW
YORK AT BINGHAMTON. EVERYONE, PLEASE RISE;
GENTLEMEN, PLEASE REMOVE YOUR HATS.
WE WELCOME YOU TO JOIN VOCALIST LINDSAY BROWN IN SINGING THE
NATIONAL ANTHEM. OH, SAY CAN YOU SEE BY THE
DAWN’S EARLY LIGHT WHAT SO PROUDLY WE HAILED AT THE
TWILIGHT’S LAST GLEAMING? WHOSE BROAD STRIPES AND BRIGHT
STARS THROUGH THE PERILOUS FIGHT, O’ER THE RAMPARTS WE
WATCHED WERE SO GALLANTLY STREAMING?
AND THE ROCKET’S RED GLARE, THE BOMBS BURSTING IN AIR, GAVE
PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT THAT OUR FLAG WAS STILL THERE.
OH, SAY DOES THAT STAR-SPANGLED BANNER YET WAVE O’ER THE LAND OF
THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE?
[APPLAUSE]. PLEASE BE SEATED. SPEAKER: WATSON! WOOHOO. 2017
YOU DID IT. AS PRESIDENT OF BINGHAMTON
UNIVERSITY, IT IS MY GREAT PLEASURE TO WELCOME YOU TO THE
THOMAS J. WATSON SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCE
COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY. THIS IS A SPECIAL CEREMONY AS WE
BRING TOGETHER OUR BACCALAUREATE CANDIDATES FOR
GRADUATION, AS THIS IS A SPECIAL CEREMONY AS WE
BRING TOGETHER OUR BACCALAUREATE CANDIDATES FOR
GRADUATION, AS WELL AS THEIR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS. CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU ALL! BEFORE WE PROCEED WITH OUR
MEMBERS OF THE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY COUNCIL WHO ARE
JOINING US TODAY: LINDA BIEMER KATHRYN GRANT
MADIGAN DENNIS MCCABE AND RYAN SHEPPARD, STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE
THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [APPLAUSE].
I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO INTRODUCE OUR OTHER SPECIAL GUESTS. THEY WILL STAND AS I CALL THEIR
NAMES; PLEASE HOLD YOUR APPLAUSE UNTIL ALL HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED:
JOHN BAY, ASSOCIATE DEAN VALERIE HAMPTON, CHIEF DIVERSITY
OFFICER COURTNEY IGNARRI, CHAIR,
PROFESSIONAL STAFF SENATE CURTIS KENDRICK, DEAN, UNIVERSITY
LIBRARIES GARY KIBEL, ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT MICHAEL
MCGOFF, SENIOR VICE PROVOST AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER WEIYI
MENG, PROFESSOR AND CHAIR, COMPUTER SCIENCE RONALD MILES,
DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR AND CHAIR, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
PAMELA MISCHEN, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, FACULTY ADVISOR TO
THE PRESIDENT JOANN NAVARRO, VICE PRESIDENT FOR OPERATIONS
DONALD NIEMAN, PROVOST AND EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT FOR
ACADEMIC AFFAIRS PETER PARTELL, ASSOCIATE DEAN MARK POLIKS,
PROFESSOR, SYSTEMS SCIENCE AND INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING BRIAN
ROSE, VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS KRISHNASWAMI SRIHARI,
DEAN, THOMAS J. WATSON SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCE DOUGLAS SUMMERVILLE, PROFESSOR
AND CHAIR, ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING KAIMING YE,
PROFESSOR AND CHAIR, BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING WELCOME AS WELL TO
GERALDINE KNOLL MACDONALD, WHO RECEIVED AN HONORARY DEGREE
YESTERDAY AT THE GRADUATE SCHOOL COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY.
PLEASE JOIN ME IN APPLAUDING THESE SPECIAL GUESTS.
[APPLAUSE]. LET ME ALSO RECOGNIZE ALL OF THE ESTEEMED FACULTY MEMBERS WHO
HAVE MENTORED AND GUIDED OUR GRADUATES; YOUR EFFORTS HAVE
BEEN CRUCIAL TO THE INTELLECTUAL GROWTH AND ACHIEVEMENTS WE
CELEBRATE TODAY. WILL ALL FACULTY ON THE STAGE AND IN THE AUDIENCE PLEASE RISE?
JOIN ME AS WE APPLAUD THEIR SUPPORT OF, AND DEDICATION TO,
THE SUCCESS OF OUR STUDENTS. [APPLAUSE]. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO RECOGNIZE
OUR GRADUATES WHO EARNED DOCTORAL DEGREES, THE HIGHEST
DEGREE CONFERRED BY THE UNIVERSITY. ONE OF OUR GRADUATES IS IN ATTENDANCE TODAY AND
SEATED WITH THE FACULTY ON STAGE. THEY WERE HOODED AND DEGREES WERE CONFERRED LAST
NIGHT AND I WOULD LIKE THEM TO STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED.
I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY WIND
SYMPHONY, OUR VOCALIST, AND THE EDWARD MALONEY MEMORIAL PIPE
BAND FOR THEIR PARTICIPATION IN TODAY’S CELEBRATION. [APPLAUSE]. THIS IS A JOYOUS TIME FOR ALL OF
US. HOWEVER, IN A CAMPUS AS LARGE AS OUR UNIVERSITY, IT
HAPPENS THAT NEARLY EVERY YEAR, THERE ARE STUDENTS, STAFF, AND FACULTY WHO HAVE PASSED AWAY
OVER THE COURSE OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR.
OUR CAMPUS IS A CLOSE-KNIT COMMUNITY, AND WE GRIEVE THE
LOSS OF OUR YOUNG AND TALENTED STUDENTS, AND OF OUR EXPERIENCED
AND DEDICATED FACULTY AND STAFF.
PLEASE JOIN ME IN A MOMENT OF SILENCE IN REMEMBRANCE OF THEM. THANK YOU.
I’M NOW IN MY FIFTH YEAR AS PRESIDENT OF THIS GREAT
INSTITUTION. I GUESS I’M EITHER A SUPER SENIOR OR A FIRST-YEAR
GRAD STUDENT. AND OVER THESE FIVE YEARS, OUR COMMENCEMENT
CEREMONY HAS BECOME MY FAVORITE ACTIVITY OF THE YEAR. WHEN I SEE THE SENSE OF PRIDE
THAT EACH OF YOU HAS IN THIS ACCOMPLISHMENT, I CAN’T HELP BUT
REFLECT ON MY OWN EXPERIENCE WHEN I RECEIVED MY DIPLOMA.
WHAT I REMEMBER WAS A TREMENDOUS SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT, AS
WELL AS RELIEF IN COMPLETING A LONG AND TAXING JOB. I FELT AS IF I
HAD CLIMBED A MOUNTAIN, AND COULD NOW LOOK OUT ON A FUTURE
FILLED WITH OPPORTUNITIES. THIS DEGREE, AND THE KNOWLEDGE
AND TALENTS THAT IT REPRESENTS, WILL ENABLE YOU TO GO FAR. YOU HAVE PROVEN THAT YOU HAVE
THE BROAD PERSPECTIVES TO UNDERSTAND AND TO EMPATHIZE,
THAT YOU HAVE THE ABILITYラAND THE TENACITYラTO WORK THROUGH
DIFFICULT CHALLENGES AND THAT YOU HAVE THE VISION AND
INGENUITY TO DEVELOP INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO THE WORLD’S
PROBLEMS. AS GRADUATES, THE POSSIBILITIES
OPEN TO YOU HAVE INCREASED EXPONENTIALLY. YET, AS MY MOTHER
TOLD ME WHEN I GRADUATED MANY YEARS AGO, IT’S NOT THE DEGREE
THAT IS IMPORTANT, BUT WHAT YOU DO WITH IT THAT MATTERS.
SO I AM EXCITED TO THINK ABOUT WHAT YOUR FUTURE HOLDS FOR
YOUラAND FOR THE WORLD. HOWEVER, BEFORE YOU TAKE THE
FIRST STEPS INTO THAT FUTURE, I HOPE YOU WILL TAKE SOME TIME TO
SAVOR YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS, AND ESPECIALLY, TO REFLECT ON WHAT
THIS MEANS TO YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR FAMILY. SHARE YOUR HAPPINESS WITH THEMラ
INTRODUCE THEM TO YOUR PROFESSORS AND SPEND THE DAY
WALKING THROUGH THE NATURE PRESERVE. TAKE PICTURES WITH BAXTER IF YOU CAN FIND THEM.
AND SOAK UP SOME SUN ON THE PEACE QUAD. 10 OR 20 YEARS FROM
NOW, WHEN YOU REFLECT ON YOUR TIME AT BINGHAMTON, THESE ARE
THE PEOPLE AND PLACES THAT WILL MEAN THE MOST TO YOU.
AND TONIGHT, GO TO A GOOD RESTAURANTラMOM AND DAD ARE
PAYINGラAND ENJOY A LONG MEAL IN CELEBRATION.
BUT MOST OF ALL, BE SURE TO TELL EVERYONE HOW MUCH THEIR SUPPORT
MEANS TO YOU. GIVE EVERYONE A BIG HUG, AND BEFORE YOU SLEEP,
BE SURE TO THINK ABOUT ALL OF THE GREAT MOMENTSラTHE
SIGNPOSTSラTHAT LED UP TO TODAY. THE FUTURE STARTS TOMORROWラBUT
TODAY, LET’S JUST RELAX AND HAVE FUN, YOU HAVE EARNED IT.
IT IS NOW MY PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE PROVOST DON NIEMAN.
[APPLAUSE]. THERE? GOOD MORNING. THAT’S
BETTER. THAT’S BETTER. THIS IS A GREAT DAY. YOU SHOULD ALL BE
VERY EXCITED. IT IS MY GREAT PLEASURE TO
WELCOME YOU TO COMMENCEMENT AND TO BE AMONG THE FIRST TO
CONGRATULATE YOU – MEMBERS OF THE CLASS OF 2017.
CONGRATULATIONS. [APPLAUSE].
YOU ARE A REMARKABLE GROUP OF STUDENTS. AT THE TIME YOU
APPLIED TO BINGHAMTON, YOU DEMONSTRATED THAT YOU HAD THE ACADEMIC ABILITY TO SUCCEED AT ONE OF THE BEST AND MOST
COMPETITIVE UNIVERSITIES IN THE UNITED STATES.
AND SINCE YOU ARRIVED ON OUR CAMPUS – WHETHER AS FRESHMEN OR
TRANSFER STUDENTSラYOU HAVE NOT ONLY SHOWN THAT YOU ARE VERY
BRIGHT; YOU HAVE DEMONSTRATED THAT YOU ARE HARDWORKING,
INTELLECTUALLY CURIOUS, AND EAGER TO MAKE THE MOST OF WHAT
THIS GREAT UNIVERSITY HAS TO OFFER. YOU HAVE ALSO SHOWN THAT YOU HAVE A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR,
LIKE TO HAVE FUN, AND CARE ABOUT SERVING OTHERS. YOU EMBODY THE
BALANCE THAT MAKES BINGHAMTON SUCH A WONDERFUL PLACE TO WORK
AND TO STUDY. CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU.
[APPLAUSE]. IT HAS BEEN A PLEASURE TO HAVE YOU AS OUR STUDENTS.
I WANT TO CONGRATULATE YOU ON YOUR MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS! AND
ASK THAT YOU STAY IN TOUCH WITH US.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS THAT ARE YET TO BE FOR ALL OF YOU. NOW IT IS MY
PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE MY COLLEAGUE, SUNY DISTINGUISHED
PROFESSOR AND DEAN OF THE WATSON SCHOOL, KRISHNASWAMI
SRIHARI, GOOD MORNING.
I AM HARI SRIHARI, DEAN OF THE THOMAS J. WATSON SCHOOL OF
ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCE. LET ME ADD TO THE REMARKS OF OUR
PRESIDENT AND PROVOST, AND CONGRATULATE TODAY’S WATSON GRADUATES. THIS IS PERHAPS OUR
LARGEST GRADUATING CLASS. AS YOU LEAVE OUR PORTALS, THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO DOUBT THAT YOUR ACADEMIC SUCCESS IS AN OUTCOME
OF YOUR SUSTAINED, FOCUSED HARD WORK. YOUR DILIGENCE HAS BEEN
CRITICAL TO YOUR SUCCESS HERE AT BINGHAMTON, IN THE EXCEPTIONAL ACADEMIC ENVIRONMENT THAT OUR
CAMPUS PROVIDES. WE ARE ALL PROUD OF YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND YOUR SUCCESSES.
AS YOU TRANSITION TO THE NEXT STAGE OF YOUR LIFE, YOU ARE EMBARKING ON A NEW JOURNEY. OUR CAMPUS HAS PROVIDED A
WORLD-CLASS ACADEMIC ENVIRONMENT FOR YOU, AN ENVIRONMENT THAT WE ARE ALWAYS WORKING HARD TO IMPROVE.
WHEN WE TALK ABOUT CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE OF OUR CAMPUS, WE ARE
NOT REFERRING TO THE BRICKS AND MORTAR OF THE INSTITUTION – WE
ARE REALLY TALKING ABOUT THE PEOPLE – FACULTY, STAFF, STUDENTS WHO HAVE REALLY MADE
BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY AND THE WATSON SCHOOL INTO WHAT IT IS.
ONE OF THE TOP ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS IN THE NATION –
KNOWN FOR ITS EXCELLENCE ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND AROUND THE
GLOBE. YOUR WATSON SCHOOL HAS BEEN AND WILL ALWAYS BE
DEDICATED TO EDUCATION, DEDICATED TO OUR PRINCIPAL
CUSTOMER – THE STUDENT. WE ALL SHARE AN AWESOME FIELD.
THINK ABOUT THE CHANGES YOU’RE SEEING JUST IN YOUR LIFETIME.
IMAGINE THE CHANGES THAT YOU WILL BE LEADING IN THE FUTURE! SOME THOUGHTS TO CONSIDER AS YOU
PROGRESS THROUGH YOUR CAREER. LISTEN. BE BRAVE AND
INQUISITIVE, BUT ALSO RESPECTFUL. SEEK A MENTOR, BE A
MENTOR. YOU WILL HAVE CHALLENGES AND PERHAPS YOU WILL MAKE MISSTEPS – LEARN FROM THEM. EACH EXPERIENCE IS
VALUABLE, WITH POSITIVES AND NEGATIVES. EMBRACE DIVERSITY. ALWAYS KEEP LEARNING – LIFELONG
LEARNING IS A NECESSITY IN OUR DOMAIN. STAY ENGAGED WITH THE WATSON SCHOOL AND OUR CAMPUS.
ENJOY THE RIDE! REMEMBER – WE ARE IN THE GREATEST FIELD EVER
WITH ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES. CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU ALL ONCE AGAIN!
[APPLAUSE]. I NOW HAVE THE DISTINCT PLEASURE
OF WELCOMING DR. GERALDINE KNOLL MACDONALD, RECIPIENT OF
THE AGAIN!
[APPLAUSE]. I NOW HAVE THE DISTINCT PLEASURE
OF WELCOMING DR. GERALDINE KNOLL MACDONALD, RECIPIENT OF
THE UNIVERSITY’S HONORARY DEGREE WITH A DOCTOR OF LETTERS. HONORARY DEGREES RECOGNIZE
OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO THE UNIVERSITY, THE STATE, THE
COUNTRY, AND HUMANITY EXEMPLIFY THE MISSION AND PURPOSES OF
BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY. THEIR LIVES AND ACHIEVEMENTS STAND AS
INSPIRATION TO ALL OF US. DR. GERALDINE MCDONALD EARNED HER BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN
PSYCHOLOGY AT BINGHAMTON AND HER MASTERS’ DEGREE FROM THE
WATSON SCHOOL’S PRECURSOR, THE SCHOOL OF ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY. EARLIER IN
HER CAREER, GERALDINE SERVED AS DIRECTOR OF COMPUTING SERVICES,
ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT FOR COMPUTING SERVICES AND ACTING
VICE PRESIDENT FOR ADMINISTRATION AT BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY. SHE LEFT BINGHAMTON
TO WORK AT AOL, WHERE SHE ROSE TO SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT FOR
GLOBAL ACCESS NETWORKS. FOLLOWED UP HER CAREER AT AOL AS
A MANAGING PARTNER AT GMACDONALD CONSULTING. HAVING BEEN NAMED ONE OF THE 25 TOP UNSUNG HEROES IT IS CLEAR GERALDINE HAS MADE A
SIGNIFICANT IMPACT IN THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FIELD AS
WELL AS FOR THE WATSON SCHOOL. HER CONTRIBUTIONS TO ESTABLISH
THE JACK KNOLL SCHOLARSHIP FOR WOMEN IN COMPUTER SCIENCE AND
ENGINEERING, THE MACDONALD FAMILY PRIZE IN SENIOR DESIGN,
AND THE KNOLL MACDONALD COMMONS HAVE CREATED A LASTING IMPACT
FOR THE STUDENTS OF THE WATSON SCHOOL. PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING DR.
GERALDINE KNOLL MACDONALD TO THE PODIUM.
[APPLAUSE]. SRIHARI. WOW, WHEN YOU HEAR AN
INTRODUCTION LIKE THAT. YOU CAN ONLY BE GRATEFUL THAT YOU HAVE
HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE A PART OF SO MANY WONDERFUL THINGS TO
MAKE A DIFFERENCE. THANK YOU TO PRESIDENT STENGER, DEAN SRIHARI
AND ALL OF THE FACULTY AND STAFF.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE PARENTS, GRAND PARENTS, FAMILY
AND FRIENDS THAT ARE HERE TODAY TO ENJOY THE GRADUATION OF THE
CLASS OF 2017. AND I SAVE MY BIGGEST
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE GRADUATES THEMSELVES! GIVE YOURSELVES A
HUGE ROUND OF APPLAUSE. [APPLAUSE].
YOU HAVE WORKED HARD AND DESERVE THIS SPECIAL DAY. APPRECIATE
YOUR FAMILIES FOR ALL OF THEIR LOVE AND SUPPORT THAT HELPED TO
MAKE THIS DAY POSSIBLE. ESPECIALLY ON THOSE DAYS WHEN
YOU WERE NOT SO LOVEABLE. HERE AT BINGHAMTON WILL BE WITH
YOU FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. BINGHAMTON STARTS WITH THE BEST
AND THE BRIGHTEST. WITH THAT RAW MATERIAL, EVERYONE THAT IS
PART OF THIS COMMUNITY, WORKS TO ENHANCE AND IMPROVE TO CREATE A
FLOURISHING AND SUCCESSFUL EDUCATION.
THERE ARE MANY THEMES THAT A GRADUATE SPEAKER CAN ADDRESS.
WE CAN TALK ABOUT PRIDE, HARD WORK, INVENTION, INVESTIGATION
OR THE PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE. TODAY I WANT TO FOCUS ON THE
WORD DIFFERENT. DIFFERENT CAN MEAN WHAT WE LOOK LIKE. WHAT WE
THINK. OR WHAT WE BELIEVE. WE CAN DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT.
OR WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. SO QUOTE A VERY FAMOUS FROG
KERMIT. IT IS NOT EASY BEING GREEN.
IN HIS SONG, AT FIRST KERMIT SAID HIS DIFFERENCE. AND THEN
COMES TO VALUE HIS OWN UNIQUENESS. WHETHER WE ARE
DIFFERENT, DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT OR MAKE A DIFFERENCE,
ALL OF THESE ENDEAVORS ALLOW US TO DRAW UPON STRENGTH.
I AM A FIRST GENERATION AMERICAN. MY PARENTS WERE BOTH
HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS WHO LEFT EUROPE UNDER THREATS FOR THEIR
LIFE AND FOUND THEIR WAY TO THE UNITED STATES WHERE THEY MET
MARY, BUILT A FAMILY AND A BUSINESS.
MY SIBLINGS AND I WERE DIFFERENT. ENGLISH WAS NOT THE
FIRST LANGUAGE IN OUR HOME. AND THINGS LIKE PEANUT BUTTER WERE
A FOREIGN FOOD. MY FAMILY’S DIFFERENCES GAVE ME
STRENGTH. AND ENCOURAGED ME TO CARVE OUT A PATH FOR MYSELF.
THEY ALSO GAVE ME PERSPECTIVES AND INCITES WHICH WOULD
INFLUENCE MANY FOR FUTURE DECISIONS.
I AM ALSO A WOMAN. I LIKE TO THINK THAT SOME OF THE
NON-TRADITIONAL THINGS THAT I DID HELP IN SOME SMALL WAY TO
MAKE THE PATH EASIER FOR THOSE THAT CAME AFTER ME.
I WAS ONE OF ONLY THREE GIRLS IN MY HIGH SCHOOL HONORS MATH
CLASS. WHAT THINGS MADE A DIFFERENCE? MY PARENTS WANTED
THIS FOR ME. THEY HELPED ME UNDERSTAND THAT IT WAS
IMPORTANT. I LIKED MATH AND BELIEVED I BELONGED IN THE CLASS
EVEN IF I WAS A GIRL. WHEN I GRADUATED FROM BINGHAMTON, THERE
WERE A FEW CONVENTIONAL JOBS. TEACHING, WORKING, BEING A
LIBRARIAN OR A SOCIAL WORKER. I HAD A DIFFERENT PATH. YOU ARE
WORKING ON A COMPUTER. WHAT’S A COMPUTER? YES, THERE WAS A
TIME, REALLY NOT ALL THAT LONG AGO, THAT HAVING A COLORED TV IN
YOUR HOUSE WAS CONSIDERED LEADING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY.
WHEN I STARTED WORK WITH COMPUTERS AND TECHNOLOGY, I WAS
OFTEN THE ONLY WOMAN IN THE ROOM. RIGHT HERE AT BINGHAMTON
TEACHING UNDERGRADUATE COMPUTER PROGRAMMING CLASSES, I WAS
USUALLY THE ONLY WOMAN IN THE ROOM AS MY CAREER PROGRESSED, I
STRIVED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. I CAN FOSTER MY EMPLOYEES AND
MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO BE INCLUSIVE.
WHETHER YOU THINK YOU ARE DIFFERENT OR NOT, THERE IS
ALWAYS A WAY TO RECOGNIZE AND WORK WITH THE DIVERSITY OF
OTHERS AND DRAW STRENGTHS FROM THE ASSOCIATIONS THAT YOU HAVE
FORMED. BEING DIFFERENT DOES NOT MEAN THAT WE DON’T HAVE TO
GET THE BASICS RIGHT. LIKE SHOW UP ON TIME FOR WORK. BE CLEAN
AND NEAT. COMPLETE YOUR PROJECTS. AND ALWAYS GO FOR
110% IN EVERY EFFORT. BE THE ONE TO MAKE SURE THAT THE
LUNCH TIME GROUP INCLUDES ALL OF YOUR TEAM. ALL TOO OFTEN I
SEE GROUPS OF PEOPLE OUT TO LUNCH AND EVERYONE IN THE GROUP
LOOKS THE SAME. DIVERSITY SHOULD NOT STOP AT THE
OFFICE DOORSTEP. BE THE ONE WHOSE PROJECT TEAM IS DIVERSE
AND INCLUSIVE. BE THE ONE THAT EXTENDS KINDNESS. MAKE YOUR
VOICE HEARD WITH DIGNITY. AND BE THE ONE TO HEAR ALL OPINIONS,
LISTEN AND NOT BE JUDGEMENTAL. HAVE GIVEN YOU SO MUCH.
SOMETIMES IT’S NOT EASY TO SEE IT FIRST.
I REMEMBER HAVING TO FULFILL A PHILOSOPHY REQUIREMENT AS AN
UNDERGRADUATE. IT WAS REALLY NOT MY CUP OF TEE. THERE WAS
ONE COURSE CALLED METHODS OF LOGIC. I LOOKED AT THE BOOK AND
FOUND TRUTH TABLES, VENDIAGRAMS AND FILLED ANALYSIS.
LITTLE DID I KNOW AT THE TIME, THAT WAS THE FOUNDATION OF
EVERY COMPUTER CIRCUIT AND WOULD BE WITH ME FOREVER.
IN ADDITION THE FRIENDSHIPS THAT WORKED ON PROJECTS INSIDE AND
OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOMS WILL ALSO LAST A LIFETIME.
REMEMBER TO CALL ON THOSE RESOURCES. THEY WILL ALWAYS BE
THERE FOR YOU. I WISH ALL OF YOU WELL.
I CONGRATULATE MY FELLOW HONORARYHONORARY DEGREE
RECIPIENTS THIS WEEKEND AND I AM SO PROUD OF THE CLASS OF 2017. USE THE POWER OF BEING DIFFERENT
TO BE THE MOST POWERFUL YOU. THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH. [APPLAUSE].
THANK YOU, GERALDINE. NOW, I AM PLEASED TO INTRODUCE
GARY KIBEL, PRESIDENT OF THE [APPLAUSE].
THANK YOU, GERALDINE. NOW, I AM PLEASED TO INTRODUCE
GARY KIBEL, PRESIDENT OF THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD. HE
WOULD LIKE TO SHARE CONGRATULATIONS ON BEHALF OF OUR
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION. ON BEHALF OF THE BINGHAMTON
UNIVERSITY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, IT IS MY PLEASURE TO
CONGRATULATE YOU ON YOUR FANTASTIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS. AND
TO CELEBRATE THIS VERY SPECIAL MOMENT, I AM PLEASED TO GIVE
EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU A FREE YET VERY VALUABLE GIFT TODAY.
A LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP IN THE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY ALUMNI
ASSOCIATION. YOU’RE WELCOME. THIS IS SOMETHING TRULY
VALUABLE. YOU ARE NOW A MEMBER OF AN ORGANIZATION WITH MORE
THAN 127,000 MEMBERS IN ALL 50 STATES AND OVER 100 COUNTRIES.
YOUR ALUMNI ASSOCIATION IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT
PROFESSIONAL AND SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS YOU WILL EVER
JOIN. BELIEVE ME, IT’S A HOT TICKET. WE HAVE ALMOST 4,000
NEW MEMBERS JOINING THIS WEEKEND ALONE.
I’M SURE YOU’VE WALKED AROUND CAMPUS WEARING A BINGHAMTON SWEATSHIRT OR HAT AS YOU MOVE ON FROM SCHOOL
TODAY, I ENCOURAGE YOU TO CONTINUE TO WEAR BINGHAMTON ON
YOUR SLEEVE. YOU ARE NOW AN EMISSARY AND AMBASSADOR FOR
BINGHAMTON. YOUR SUCCESS REFLECTS ON THE SCHOOL AND OTHER
ALUMNI, AND THE SUCCESS OF OTHER ALUMNI REFLECTS ON YOU.
AMONG OUR MANY ACCOMPLISHED ALUMNI ARE CEOS AND SENIORS
MANAGEMENT AT LEADING CORPORATIONS, LEADERS IN
THE FINANCIAL AND LEGAL INDUSTRIES, THE MOST TALENTED
ENGINEERS, TEACHERS, NURSES, SOCIAL WORKERS AND PROFESSIONALS
OF ALL KINDS, AS WELL AS MEDIA PERSONALITIES, MOVIE STARS AND
EVEN A UNITED STATES CONGRESSMAN. DOES ANYONE HERE
THINK THEY CAN ACCOMPLISH SOMETHING SIMILAR?
ALL RIGHT. GOOD. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE DAY WHEN THERE ARE POSTERS OF
ACCOMPLISHED ALUMNI ON CAMPUS. SO AS YOU GRADUATE TODAY, I ASK
YOU TO TAKE 3 VERY IMPORTANT STEPS.
NUMBER 1: MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE DIGITALLY CONNECTED TO
BINGHAMTON AT ALL TIMES. LIKE US ON FACEBOOK PAGE, JOIN OUR
LINKEDIN GROUPS, FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM AND ELSEWHERE AND
VISIT THE ALUMNI PAGE ON THE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY WEBSITE TO
MAKE SURE THAT YOUR INFORMATION IS ALWAYS UP TO DATE.
WE CAN’T FIND YOU FOR OPPORTUNITIES IF YOU DON’T FIRST
FIND US. NUMBER 2: DON’T BE A STRANGER. THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION HOLDS
OVER 70 EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY EACH YEAR. SIGN UP.
SHOW UP. AND HAVE SOME FUN WITH YOUR FELLOW ALUMNI.
NUMBER 3: MAKE NEW BINGHAMTON CONNECTIONS. WHEN YOU COME
ACROSS ANOTHER BINGHAMTON GRADUATE, USE THAT COMMON BOND AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO OPEN A
DOOR. TELL OLDER ALUMNI HOW AMAZING CAMPUS LOOKS.
I AM GIVING THE SAME MESSAGE TO ALL GRADUATES THIS WEEKEND. YOU
AND I ARE NOW CONNECTED FOREVER, AND I’M LOOKING FORWARD
TO CONNECTING WITH MY NEW 4,000 NEW BEST FRIENDS.
YOU’RE A BEARCAT FOR LIFE, AND I’M HONORED TO NOW BE IN THE
SAME ALUMNI ASSOCIATION AS YOU. CONGRATULATIONS!
[APPLAUSE]. THANK YOU, GARY.
AT THIS TIME WE WILL BEGIN TO RECOGNIZE THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF
OUR BACCALAUREATE DEGREE CANDIDATES DEAN SRIHARI, PLEASE
COME FORWARD FOR THE PRESENTATION OF OUR
BACCALAUREATE DEGREE CANDIDATES FROM THE THOMAS J.
WATSON SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCE. FIRST WE WILL RECOGNIZE STUDENTS
WHO HAVE ACHIEVED LATIN HONORS. LATIN HONORS ARE BASED ON A
STUDENT’S CUMULATIVE GRADE POINT AVERAGE. WE RECOGNIZE THREE LEVELS OF
ACHIEVEMENT: CUM LAUDE, MAGNA CUM LAUDE, AND SUMMA CUM LAUDE. THE NAMES OF THE CANDIDATES FOR THESE HONORS APPEAR IN THE
COMMENCEMENT PROGRAM. WE WILL NOT ANNOUNCE EACH BY NAME, BUT
WE SHALL RECOGNIZE STUDENTS ATTENDING TODAY BY HAVING THEM
STAND IN PLACE. CANDIDATES GRADUATING CUM LAUDE,
PLEASE STAND OR PLEASE RISE. [APPLAUSE].
[APPLAUSE]. YOU MAY BE SEATED.
CANDIDATES GRADUATING MAGNA CUM LAUDE, PLEASE RISE.
[APPLAUSE]. YOU MAY BE SEATED. CANDIDATES GRADUATING SUMMA CUM
LAUDE, PLEASE RISE. [APPLAUSE]. YOU MAY BE SEATED.
MY CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF YOU ON YOUR OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC
ACHIEVEMENTS. PRESIDENT STENGER, AS THE DEAN
OF THE THOMAS J. WATSON SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED
SCIENCE, I AM PLEASED TO PRESENT TO YOU THESE CANDIDATES WHO
HAVE FULFILLED ALL THEIR BACCALAUREATE DEGREE
REQUIREMENTS AS PRESCRIBED BY THE FACULTY. AS YOU CROSS THE
STAGE, PLEASE PAUSE FOR A PICTURE WITH THE PRESIDENT, THE
DEAN, AND THE DEPARTMENT CHAIR. WILL KAIMING YE, DEPARTMENT
CHAIR FOR BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING, PLEASE APPROACH THE
PODIUM? WILL ALL CANDIDATES FOR BACCALAUREATE DEGREES FROM THE
BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT PLEASE RISE? PRESIDENT STENGER AND DEAN
SRIHARI, AS CHAIR OF THE PRESIDENT STENGER AND DEAN
SRIHARI, AS CHAIR OF THE BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT, I PRESENT TO YOU THESE CANDIDATES WHO HAVE
FULFILLED ALL THEIR BACHELOR’S DEGREE REQUIREMENTS AS
PRESCRIBED BY THE FACULTY. STUDENT MARSHAL CAROLYN MA,
PLEASE LEAD THE CANDIDATES TO THE PLATFORM SO THAT ALL MAY
RECEIVE RECOGNITION FOR THEIR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT. [READING NAMES OF
[READING NAMES OF GRADUATES]. CANDIDATES, PLEASE BE SEATED.
[APPLAUSE]. CANDIDATES, PLEASE BE SEATED.
[APPLAUSE]. WILL PROFESSOR WEIYI MENG,
DEPARTMENT CHAIR FOR COMPUTER SCIENCE, PLEASE APPROACH THE
PODIUM? WILL THE CANDIDATES FOR BACHELOR’S DEGREES FROM THE
COMPUTER SCIENCE DEPARTMENT PLEASE RISE?
[APPLAUSE]. PRESIDENT STENGER AND DEAN
SRIHARI, AS DEPARTMENT CHAIR OF THE COMPUTER SCIENCE DEPARTMENT,
I PRESENT TO YOU THESE CANDIDATES WHO HAVE FULFILLED
ALL THEIR BACHELOR’S DEGREE REQUIREMENTS AS PRESCRIBED BY
THE FACULTY. STUDENT MARSHALS ALEXANDER
STRONG AND NEBI MERT AYDIN PLEASE LEAD THE CANDIDATES TO
THE PLATFORM SO THAT ALL MAY RECEIVE RECOGNITION FOR THEIR
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT. [READING NAMES OF GRADUATES]. [READING NAMES OF GRADUATES]. [READING NAMES OF GRADUATES].
CANDIDATES, PLEASE BE SEATED. [APPLAUSE].
I AM PLEASED TO INTRODUCE ASSOCIATE DEAN PETER PARTELL. [READING NAMES OF GRADUATES].
CANDIDATES, PLEASE BE SEATED. [APPLAUSE].
I AM PLEASED TO INTRODUCE ASSOCIATE DEAN PETER PARTELL.
GOOD MORNING. AS ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR ACADEMIC
AFFAIRS AND ADMINISTRATION, I [READING NAMES OF GRADUATES].
CANDIDATES, PLEASE BE SEATED. [APPLAUSE].
I AM PLEASED TO INTRODUCE ASSOCIATE DEAN PETER PARTELL.
GOOD MORNING. AS ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR ACADEMIC
AFFAIRS AND ADMINISTRATION, I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF INTRODUCING
OUR STUDENT SPEAKER, STEPHANIE TSALWA.
[APPLAUSE]. SCHOOL, STEPHANIE DEMONSTRATED
AN IMPRESSIVE LEVEL OF LEADERSHIP, ALONG WITH HER
ENTHUSIASM AND COMMITMENT TO THE WATSON SCHOOL AND BINGHAMTON
UNIVERSITY. SHE WAS ACTIVE IN ALPHA OMEGA EPSILON, A GROUP IN
WHICH SHE SERVED AS PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT, JUDICIAL CHAIR,
AND HISTORIAN. SHE WAS ACTIVE IN THE LOCAL CHAPTER OF THE
NATIONAL SOCIETY OF BLACK ENGINEERS, IN WHICH SHE HELD THE
OFFICES OF TREASURER AND FUNDRAISING CHAIR. AND SHE WAS
A MEMBER OF UYAI NNUA, A GROUP OF STUDENTS DEDICATED TO
PRESERVING AFRICAN TRADITIONS THROUGH MUSIC AND DANCE
PERFORMANCE. SHE SERVED AS VICE PRESIDENT OF THIS GROUP, AS
WELL. BUT ABOVE ALL, DURING HER TIME AT BU, STEPHANIE HAS
DEMONSTRATED A COMMITMENT TO HELPING OTHERS. AS A RESIDENT
ASSISTANT, SHE ORGANIZED A SOLE HOPE PARTY WHERE RESIDENTS USED
OLD DENIM JEANS TO CREATE SHOE PARTS FOR CHILDREN IN UGANDA TO
PREVENT JIGGERS FLEA INFESTATION, AND SHE ORGANIZED A HUNGER BANQUET TO DRAMATIZE THE
INEQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION OF FOOD AND RESOURCES IN TODAY’S
WORLD USED. THIS DEDICATION TO HELPING OTHERS LED HER TO SELECT
BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING ON HER PATH TO BECOMING A DOCTOR OF
MEDICINE. PLEASE GIVE A WARM WELCOME TO STEPHANIE TSALWA.
[APPLAUSE]. SIBLINGS, PARENTS, AND MOST
IMPORTANTLY, THE SPRING 2017 WATSON CLASS OF ENGINEERING AND
APPLIED SCIENCES! WE MADE IT. IT’S HARD TO EXPLAIN THE FEELING
THAT I AM FEELING RIGHT NOW. A CERTAIN SENSE OF EUPHORIA YOU
MAY CALL IT. IT’S CERTAINLY AN HONOR TO SPEAK WITH YOU THIS
MORNING. AND I THANK YOU ALL FOR ALLOWING ME THIS SPACE. AS
A TODDLER, MY FATHER TAUGHT ME TO DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN A FLIP AND BACK
SCREWDRIVER. WE WORKED ON CAR ENGINES AND LEARNING THE FIRST
REMOTE CONTROL CIRCUITRY. AS A TEENAGER, I WOULD SPEND
HOURS READING NOVELS FOR HOURS, BANGED ON THE PIANO UNTIL MY
PARENTS BEGGED ME TO GO TO SLEEP AND SPENT SO MUCH TIME IN THE
POOL THAT MY FRIENDS ASKED ME OUT OF GUILT. PEOPLE ASKED ME,
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP? I’M SURE AT SOME POINT
YOU HAVE ALL BEEN ASKED THIS QUESTION. AND AT SOME POINT THE
EXCITEMENT YOU USED TO GET FROM ANSWERING THIS QUESTION, SOON
CHANGED TO ANXIETY. IT TOOK ME A LONG TIME TO REALIZE THAT IT’S
NOT BECAUSE WE DON’T HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT WE WANT TO DO WITH
OUR LIVES, OR THAT WE ARE NOT PASSIONATE ABOUT ANYTHING, BUT
BECAUSE WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT A LOT OF THINGS.
STARTING A LAND PARTY IN THE BASEMENT OF LNG, PARTICIPATNG
WITH GREEK GODS, AND FOR OUR PARENTS, TRIVIA WEDNESDAYS IS
BASICALLY WHEN WE WOULD ALL GATHER AT PROFESSOR MARTY’S
HOURS FOR A FUN DESIGN SESSION. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU
GROW UP? IT USED TO BE THIS DELIGHTFUL EXERCISE WHEN WE WERE
CHILDREN, TO NOW THE THING THAT KEEPS US UP AT NIGHT. THE
PURPOSE OF THIS QUESTION WAS TO INSPIRE US. IT WAS TO INSPIRE
US TO DREAM. AND TO DREAM ABOUT THE ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES THAT
LIFE HAS TO OFFER. AS A YOUNG ADULT HOWEVER, IT
DOES JUST THE OPPOSITE. BECAUSE WHEN SOMEONE ASKS YOU WHAT YOU
WANT TO BE, YOU SIMPLY CAN’T REPLY WITH 15 DIFFERENT THINGS.
GROWING UP IN A FAMILY THAT VALUED ACADEMIA, I STARTED TO
REALIZE THAT DESPITE MY PARENTS SAYING THAT I CAN BE ANYTHING
THAT I WANTED TO BE, THEY REALLY MEANT LAWYER, DOCTOR OR
ENGINEER. AND SOME OF YOU WELL-INTENTIONED
ADULTS, YOU PARENTS ARE PROBABLY GUILTY OF THIS, TOO.
AND YOU’RE MOST LIKELY TO TEASE US AND SAY THAT’S CUTE. BUT YOU
SIMPLY CAN’T BE A RAPPER AND AN ENGINEER, TOO. YOU HAVE TO CHOOSE. PEFRERABLY, THE LATER. MY MOTHER USED TO SAY TO ME.
DON’T BE A JACK OF ALL TRADES AND A MASTER OF NONE. THIS LED
ME TO BELIEVE TO FOCUS ON ONE THING. AND THAT HAS BEEN TO
BECOME AN ENGINEER. OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS, WE HAVE
IMPROVED OUR SKILLS AND PUTTING ASIDE OUR PASSION TO GET
HOMEWORK IN AT 11:59 P.M. AND SKIPPING CLASS TO DO MORE WORK
FOR THE SAME CLASS. AND WHEN OUR PRAYERS WERE ANSWERED FOR A
SNOW DAY, WATCHING OUR HARPUR FRIENDS PLAY OUTSIDE, WE HAD TO
WORK ON AN 8.5 BY 11 CHEAT SHEET.
SO WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP? I BELIEVE THAT YOU
DON’T HAVE TO CHOOSE. EMBRACE YOUR MANY PASSIONS. FOLLOW YOUR
CURIOSITY AND EXPLORE YOUR COMPLEXITIES. THEY ARE WHAT
MAKES YOU WHO YOU ARE. AND YOU MUST NOT LET OTHERS DEFINE THIS FOR YOU. AS HUMAN
BEINGS, WE ARE COMPLEX BY NATURE. THINK FOR A MOMENT, AS
TO WHAT MAKES YOU WHO YOU ARE. MORE THAN ONE THING COMES TO
MIND. AND THIS IS WHY WE ALL DREAD THAT INTERVIEW QUESTION.
CAN YOU PLEASE DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS? AND YOU THINK
FOR A MOMENT. TRYING TO SUM UP AN ENTIRE 20 PLUS YEARS OF
GROWTH AND CHANGE INTO THREE LITTLE WORDS. AND IT’S HONESTLY
QUITE IMPOSSIBLE. WHY? BECAUSE YOU ARE WAY MORE THAN
JUST THREE WORDS. IN FIVE, OR EVEN 20 YEARS FROM
NOW, WHEN YOU LOOK BACK AT YOUR OLD YEARBOOK PHOTOS OR YOUR
DIPLOMA HANGING ON THE WALL, I HOPE THAT YOU HAVE REMEMBERED TO
STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF. FOUR YEARS AGO WHEN I FIRST
STEPPED FOOT ON THE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY CAMPUS, WITH THE ONLY
REFERENCE TO AMERICAN COLLEGE LIFE, BEING MY PARENTS, WHO
GRADUATED 30 YEARS AGO AND LEFT THE COUNTRY AND RERUNS OF
LEGALLY BLONDE AND AMERICAN PIE. I WAS AFRAID OF THE STEREOTYPES
AND BOXES THAT PEOPLE WOULD PUT ME IN AS AN ENGINEER. AND IF
THOUGH THAT WASN’T ENOUGH, I JOINED A SORORITY. SHOUT OUT TO
MY SISTERS AT ALPHA EPSILON. WE ARGUE ABOUT WHAT
OUR NEXT EVENT IS GOING TO BE, COCHELLA OR HARRY POTTER.
DURING THE PAST FOUR YEARS, I HAVE BEEN SURROUNDED BY YOU ALL.
NERDY, QUIET STEREOTYPE THAT PEOPLE OFTEN ATTRIBUTE TO US.
AND IT’S MY HOPE THAT YOU CONTINUE THESE BOUNDARIES. IN
MY FATHER’S MOTHER’S TONGUE. THERE IS A SAYING WHICH MEANS
COMPETITION EXHAUSTS THE LUNGS. AS WE CONTINUE ONTO THE NEXT
PART OF OUR JOURNEY, DO NOT COMPARE YOURSELVES TO OTHERS.
AND WHAT THEY ARE DOING. YOU HAVE TO EMBRACE YOUR VALUE.
YOUR TALENTS, AND YOUR STRENGTHS.
BECAUSE TO BE TRUE TO OURSELVES, WE HAVE TO LOSE THE FEAR OF
FAILING. LIVE OUTSIDE THE BOX. BE THAT RAPPER. OR THAT ARTIST.
ENGINEERING IS NOT YOUR ONLY IDENTITY.
IT IS ONLY ONE OF YOUR MANY SUPERPOWERS. CONGRATULATIONS TO
THE WATSON CLASS OF 2017! THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]. YOU.
[APPLAUSE]. THANK YOU, STEPHANIE FOR YOUR
REMARKS. NOW I WOULD LIKE TO REQUEST
PROFESSOR DOUG SUMMERVILLE, DEPARTMENT CHAIR FOR ELECTRICAL
AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING, TO PLEASE APPROACH THE PODIUM. WILL THE CANDIDATES FOR
BACHELOR’S DEGREES FROM THE ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER
ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT PLEASE WILL THE CANDIDATES FOR
BACHELOR’S DEGREES FROM THE ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER
ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT PLEASE RISE?
[APPLAUSE]. PRESIDENT STENGER AND DEAN
SRIHARI, AS CHAIR OF THE PRESIDENT STENGER AND DEAN
SRIHARI, AS CHAIR OF THE ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER
ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT, I PRESENT TO YOU THESE CANDIDATES
WHO HAVE FULFILLED ALL THEIR BACHELOR’S DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
AS PRESCRIBED BY THE FACULTY. STUDENT MARSHAL BRYAN O’CONNOR,
PLEASE LEAD THE CANDIDATES TO THE PLATFORM SO THAT ALL MAY
RECEIVE RECOGNITION FOR THEIR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT. [READING NAMES OF GRADUATES]. [READING NAMES OF GRADUATES].
CANDIDATES, PLEASE BE SEATED. [APPLAUSE].
[READING NAMES OF GRADUATES]. CANDIDATES, PLEASE BE SEATED.
[APPLAUSE]. I NOW HAVE THE PLEASURE OF
INTRODUCING OUR SECOND STUDENT SPEAKER, DANIELLE GOLDINSKY. OVER THE PAST 4 YEARS, DANIELLE
GOLDLINSKY HAS DEVELOPED AN IMPRESSIVE SET OF
ACCOMPLISHMENTS. AS A FRESHMAN, SHE WORKED ON A TEAM TO
RE-DESIGN A UNIVERSITY’S DINING HALL TO INCREASE EFFICIENCY AND
CUSTOMER SATISFACTION – HER TEAM’S RECOMMENDATIONS WERE
IMPLEMENTED IN THE HINMAN DINING HALL. AS A SENIOR IN
INDUSTRIAL AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING, SHE WORKED ON A
TEAM TO DEVELOP A FUNCTIONING ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT USING NYLON. IN BETWEEN, SHE
SERVED AS AN UNDERGRADUATE COURSE ASSISTANT IN OUR
ENGINEERING DESIGN DIVISION, MENTORING WATSON FRESHMEN –
HELPING THOSE STUDENTS MAKE THE TRANSITION FROM HIGH SCHOOL TO COLLEGE AND HELPING TO SET THEM
ON THEIR OWN PATHS TO SUCCESS. AS A UCA, SHE TOOK THE
OPPORTUNITY TO WRITE A RESEARCH PAPER COMPARING STUDENT CLASSROOM EXPERIENCES, TITLED,
THE FEMALE ROLE IN A MALE DOMINANT FIELD. DANIELLE SERVED
ON THE E BOARD OF ALPHA EPSILON PHI – PI MU CHAPTER, FIRST AS
VICE PRESIDENT FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND MOST
RECENTLY AS VICE PRESIDENT FOR NEW MEMBER EDUCATION. PLEASE
WELCOME TO THE PODIUM, DANIELLE GOLDINSKY. [APPLAUSE]. FACULTY, ADMINISTRATORS AND OF
COURSE MY FELLOW GRADUATES. I THINK ONE OF THE MOST COMMON
QUESTIONS ASKED IN US IS, WHY ENGINEERING? WHY DID ME BOTHER
CHOOSING THIS MESS OF A MAJOR AND GETTING OURSELVES INTO THIS
WHOLE LONG STORY? AS COMMON OF A QUESTION THAT I THINK IT IS, I
FIND MYSELF BLAMING THE SAME TWO PEOPLE THAT I HAVE BEEN
BLAMING MY ENTIRE LIFE. MY PARENTS.
WHEN I WAS FIRST APPLYING TO COLLEGES, I HAD NO IDEA WHAT I
HAD A PASSION FOR OR A CAREER. BEING IN A BLACK HOLE, I TOOK MY
PARENT’S ADVICE. JUST A LITTLE BIAS, CONSIDERING THEY CAME
FROM AN ENGINEERING BACKGROUND THEMSELVES. YOU ARE ALWAYS
COMING UP WITH CREATIVE SOLUTIONS MY MOM SAID. YOU WILL
HAVE A JOB OUT OF COLLEGE, MY DAD SAID. THEY THOUGHT THAT
WOULD KEEP ME FOCUSED IN FOUR YEARS OF MATH AND SCIENCE. THEY
WERE RIGHT. WHEN I LOOK BACK ON MY COLLEGE EXPERIENCE, I
CAN’T HELP BUT REALIZE THAT MY STORY WAS WRITTEN BECAUSE OF
BEING ACCEPTED TO WATSON SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED
SCIENCE. WITHOUT MY ACCEPTANCE, MY STORY
WOULD LACK MUCH CHARACTER. IT WOULD BE A STORY SHORT WITH
WISDOM TO SHARE AND FEWER FRIENDSHIPS AND SCARCER ALLIES
AND IT WILL BE A STORY THAT I WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO SHARE WITH
ALL SITTING IN FRONT OF ME RIGHT NOW INSTEAD MY STORY IS A
COMPLETE ONE. WHEN I LOOK OUT INTO THE ROWS INTO THE FELLOW
CLASSMATES, I DON’T JUST SEE CLASSMATES. I SEE THE FIRST
PEOPLE I EVER MET AT BINGHAMTON AND I SEE MY BEST FRIENDS AND
THOSE WHO HELPED ME STUDY AND THE VOICES WHO PATIENTLY TALKED
ME OFF THE LEDGE WHEN I CONTEMPLATED SWITCHING MAJORS.
400 MINDS READY TO SOLVE PROBLEMS AND 800 HANDS READY TO
COME UP WITH SOLUTIONS. INCREDIBLE. THIS IS NOT ALWAYS
EASY TO ACHIEVE BY ONE’S SELF. SPORTS, MUSIC, POLITICS AND OUR
OWN SENIOR DESIGN PROGRAM HAS FORCED US TO WORK AS A TEAM.
WORKING WITH PEOPLE THAT WE MAY NOT ALWAYS AGREE WITH.
COMPROMISE ON IDEAS AND REALIZE THAT A TEAM MEMBER MAY HAVE A
BETTER STRATEGY THAN OURSELVES. THESE ARE ALL SITUATIONS THAT WE
HAVE TO DEAL WITH. AS I HAVE BEEN REMINDED TIME AND TIME
AGAIN, THERE IS A GREAT DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FEASIBLE AND
OPTIMAL. WE ARE CAPABLE OF ACHIEVING A FEASIBLE SOLUTION.
AS AN ENGINEER, MY JOB, LIKE YOURS, IS TO USE SCIENCE TO GET
SOLUTIONS. AND AS AN INDUSTRIAL INTERVIEW, IT’S ALSO MY JOB TO
DO SELECTIVE SCIENCES. THAT’S WHY I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE A
STORY WITH YOU TODAY, ONE THAT DR. SANTOS SHARED WITH MY CLASS.
IT’S A FAMOUS INDIAN FABLE THAT TELLS A STORY OF SIX BLIND MEN
AND AN ELEPHANT. EACH CREATING A REALITY OVER LIFE EXPERIENCE
AND PERSPECTIVES THEY HAVE GIVEN HIM. EACH MAN TRYING TO
RATIONALIZE, CAME UP WITH A DIFFERENT EXPLANATION OF THE
CREATURE. THE TUSK A SOLID PIPE. EACH MAN USED THE MYSTERY
THAT WAS IN FRONT OF HIM. TAKING EACH BODY PART AND
PIECING TOGETHER TO FORM A BIGGER PICTURE. YES, EACH MAN CREATED A FEASIBLE SOLUTION AND
THAT’S ALL THEY HAD, CORRECT PORTRAYALSPORTRAYALS. WITHOUT
COLLABORATION THEY COULD NOT TRANSFORM THE DETAIL OF THEIR
VISION TO SHAPE THE FULL MYSTERY WE AS ENGINEERS ARE TRAINED TO
TAKE A PROBLEM WE HAVE USING TOOLS WE HAVE IN FRONT OF US AND
WHIT WE OBTAIN. TAKES A DIFFERENT AREA OF EXPERTISE AND
WHICH VANTAGE POINT TO LOOK THROUGH. AND EACH HAS THE
PROBLEM EXACTLY IN FRONT OF US. WE HAVE TAKEN THE COURSE OVER
THE PAST FOUR YEARS AND USE IT TO MOLD OUR OWN PERSPECTIVE.
THE WORLD IS FILLED WITH PROBLEMS. IF WE ORGANIZE THE
DETAILS I KNOW WE CAN MAKE SENSE OF THE WHOLE NOW AS WE GATHER
HERE TODAY COMMENCING A NEW CHAPTER TO OUR STORY I ASK
MYSELF AGAIN. WHY ENGINEERING? I ANSWER, EVERYONE SITTING IN
FRONT OF ME NOW. BECAUSE WITHOUT MY CHOICE IN
MAJOR, I PROBABLY WOULDN’T HAVE A REASON TO BE UP HERE TODAY. I
WOULD NOT HAVE GAINED THE FRIENDSHIPS, THE MEMORIES OR THE
EXPERIENCE THAT I HAVE HERE TODAY AND I HAVE ALL OF YOU TO
THANK FOR THAT. IT’S A RARE THING TO CONTRIBUTE YOUR COLLEGE
EXPERIENCE TO YOUR CHOSEN FIELD OF STUDY. BUT I DO. I
DEDICATE MY STORY TO THE VERY DECISION THAT PUT ME HERE TODAY. SPEAKING IN FRONT OF ALL OF THE
PEOPLE WHO HELPED ME GET HERE. TO THE COMMENCEMENT COMMITTEE,
THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS MY
GRATITUDE TO WHAT THIS SCHOOL HAS GIVEN ME, GIVEN US.
TO THE PROFESSORS WHO HAVE GUIDED OUR SUCCESS OVER THE PAST
FOUR YEARS, THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR WISDOM. AND MORE
IMPORTANTLY, APPRECIATING OURS. AND FINALLY TO THOSE GRADUATING
WITH ME, THANK YOU FOR GIFTING ME WITH ADVENTURE, TRIUMPH AND
MORE IMPORTANTLY, SOMEONE TO SHARE MEMORIES WITH.
CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2017. TIME TO WRITE YOUR OWN CHAPTER! [APPLAUSE].
THANK YOU DANIELLE, FOR YOUR REMARKS. WILL DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR RON
MILES, DEPARTMENT CHAIR FOR MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, PLEASE
APPROACH THE PODIUM? WILL THE CANDIDATES FOR
BACHELOR’S DEGREES FROM THE MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT PLEASE RISE? PRESIDENT STENGER AND DEAN SRIHARI, AS CHAIR OF THE MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT, I PRESENT TO YOU THESE CANDIDATES WHO HAVE
FULFILLED ALL THEIR BACHELOR’S DEGREE REQUIREMENTS AS
PRESCRIBED BY THE FACULTY. STUDENT MARSHAL MATTHEW RAFFERTY, PLEASE LEAD THE
CANDIDATES TO THE PLATFORM SO THAT ALL MAY RECEIVE RECOGNITION
FOR THEIR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT. [READING
[READING NAMES OF GRADUATES]. CANDIDATES, PLEASE BE SEATED.
WILL PROFESSOR MARK POLIKS, PROFESSOR AND UNDERGRADUATE
CANDIDATES, PLEASE BE SEATED. WILL PROFESSOR MARK POLIKS,
PROFESSOR AND UNDERGRADUATE DIRECTOR FOR SYSTEMS SCIENCE AND
INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING, PLEASE APPROACH THE PODIUM? WILL THE CANDIDATES FOR
BACHELOR’S DEGREES FROM THE SYSTEMS SCIENCE AND INDUSTRIAL
ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT PLEASE RISE? PRESIDENT STENGER AND DEAN SRIHARI, AS PROFESSOR CHAIR OF
THE SYSTEMS SCIENCE AND INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT, I PRESENT TO YOU THESE CANDIDATES WHO HAVE
FULFILLED ALL THEIR BACHELOR’S DEGREE REQUIREMENTS AS
PRESCRIBED BY THE FACULTY. STUDENT MARSHAL LILLIAN KRAVITZ
PLEASE LEAD THE CANDIDATES TO THE PLATFORM SO THAT ALL MAY
RECEIVE RECOGNITION FOR THEIR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT. WILL ALL BACCALAUREATE DEGREE
CANDIDATES PLEASE RISE? [APPLAUSE].
PRESIDENT STENGER, I AM HONORED TO PRESENT TO YOU THESE
CANDIDATES FOR THE VARIOUS BACCALAUREATE DEGREES BY THE
UNIVERSITY. FOR THOSE WHO HAVE SUCCESSFULLY
COMPLETED ALL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS, BY THE AUTHORITY
VESTED IN ME BY THE CHANCELLOR AND THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE
STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AND THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE
UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, I CONFER ON EACH OF YOU
THE APPROPRIATE BACCALAUREATE DEGREE WITH ALL THE RIGHTS AND
PRIVILEGES ACCOMPANYING IT. ON BEHALF OF THE BINGHAMTON
UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY, I CONGRATULATE YOU ALL FOR THIS
WELL-EARNED ACCOMPLISHMENT. AS IS CUSTOMARY UPON CONFERRAL
OF THE BACCALAUREATE DEGREE, YOU MAY NOW MOVE THE TASSEL ON YOUR CAP FROM RIGHT TO LEFT.
[APPLAUSE]. PARTNERS, AND FRIENDS, I PRESENT
TO YOU THE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY THOMAS J. WATSON
SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCE GRADUATING CLASS
OF 2017! [APPLAUSE]. HATS AS WE SING THE BINGHAMTON
UNIVERSITY ALMA MATER. WE INVITE EVERYONE TO JOIN IN
SINGING THE REFRAIN AND SECOND VERSE. THE LYRICS MAY BE FOUND
ON THE BACK COVER OF THE COMMENCEMENT PROGRAM.
IN THE ROLLING HILLS OF BINGHAMTON, ‘NEATH EVERCHANGING
SKIES, WHERE TWO GENTLY FLOWING RIVERS MEET, WE FORM OUR
CHERISHED TIES. OH BINGHAMTON, WE CARRY THEE
WITH US FOR ALL OUR TIME HATS AS WE SING THE BINGHAMTON
UNIVERSITY ALMA MATER. WE INVITE EVERYONE TO JOIN IN
SINGING THE REFRAIN AND SECOND VERSE. THE LYRICS MAY BE FOUND
ON THE BACK COVER OF THE COMMENCEMENT PROGRAM.
IN THE ROLLING HILLS OF BINGHAMTON, ‘NEATH EVERCHANGING
SKIES, WHERE TWO GENTLY FLOWING RIVERS MEET, WE FORM OUR
CHERISHED TIES. OH BINGHAMTON, WE CARRY THEE
WITH US FOR ALL OUR TIME AND THROUGH US INDIVIDUALLY FOREVER MAY YOU SHINE. TOGETHER WE SPEND THESE YEARS,
TOGETHER WE SPEND THESE YEARS, UNITED IN OUR AIM. THROUGH OUR BOLD PURSUIT OF
EXCELLENCE, WE PROUDLY BEAR YOUR NAME. OH BINGHAMTON, WE CARRY THEE WITH US FOR ALL OUR TIME AND THROUGH US INDIVIDUALLY FOREVER MAY YOU SHINE. FOREVER MAY YOU SHINE. [APPLAUSE].
THE SPRING COMMENCEMENT PROCEEDINGS OF THE STATE
UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AT BINGHAMTON ARE NOW CONCLUDED. WE
KINDLY ASK THE AUDIENCE TO REMAIN SEATED FOR THE ACADEMIC
RECESSIONAL. ONCE THE ACADEMIC RECESSIONAL IS
COMPLETED, PLEASE EXIT AS SOON AS YOU ARE ABLE TO ALLOW THE
FAMILIES OF THE NEXT CEREMONY’S GRADUATES TO ENTER.

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