Expect increased traffic downtown and around Binghamton University over the next several days as graduation season gets underway.

May 12, B.U. held a first-time Cording Ceremony to honor graduating students whose parents did not complete a four-year degree. The first-generation students received special burgundy and antique gold intertwined cords to wear during their graduation to represent their “first-gen identity.”  Over 150 students were honored at the ceremony on the Binghamton University Campus.

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WNBF News/Roger Neel Photo

The first graduation ceremony was scheduled for Friday, May 13 for the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Anderson Center on campus.

Other ceremonies are being held May 18, 20, 21 and 22 at the Events Center or Anderson Center on campus.

Binghamton is conferring over 4,300 degrees for bachelor’s master’s and doctorate candidates in ten separate Commencement ceremonies. 3,400 baccalaureate degress and more than 650 master's degrees are being conferred in ceremonies similar to pre-COVID, with families and friends able to join in-person in the celebrations.

B.U. President, Dr. Harvey Stenger calls the ceremonies "a new beginning for all of us as we find our way back from the difficulties of the past two years.

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Each school and college has its own ceremony, for a total of ten graduations. Harpur College of Arts and Sciences has three ceremonies on the schedule for Saturday, May 21 to accommodate all the graduates.

The widely regarded Decker School of Nursing graduation is at 1 p.m.. Friday, May 20 with the Graduate School ceremony for master's candidates from Decker College, Harpur College, the School of Management and the Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering and Applied Science May 20 at 4:40 p.m.

Master's candidates from the College of Community and Public Affairs will be recognized at noon Sunday, May 22.

Information on masking and other COVID protocol can be found at www.binghamton.edu/covid-guidance/index.html.

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