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Commencement features two student speakers

Binghamton University will hold its second Fall Commencement at noon Sunday, Dec. 14, in the Events Center. More than 400 students completing degree requirements in summer and fall 2008 will attend.

Michelle Adamski, a bachelor’s degree candidate in Philosophy, Politics and Law with a minor in economics, will address her fellow undergraduates, and Caroline Tushabe, a doctoral candidate in Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture, will speak on behalf of graduate students.

Adamski, who will intern with the attorney general’s office in Poughkeepsie following graduation, plans to attend law school in fall 2009. She hopes to become a corporate attorney.

Adamski served as president of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, which recognizes high scholastic achievement by freshmen, and a member of the National Scholars Honor Society. She received the Student Athlete Award in 2006 for her participation on the swimming team and was active with the Student Volunteer Center.

“During my time at Binghamton, I’ve grown as an individual and all of the experiences I’ve had here have helped lead to this growth,” Adamski said. “I plan to share my reflections of our time here with my fellow graduates and wish them a successful future. We’ve been instilled with inspiration, passion and courage and are well-prepared to head out into the world.”

Tushabe, a native of Uganda, earned her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Saint Mary’s College in Indiana, and her master’s in women’s studies from Texas Woman’s University. She has already started as an assistant professor in women’s studies at the University of California, Riverside.

While at Binghamton, Tushabe taught in several disciplines, including women’s studies, philosophy, Africana studies and social sciences. She also taught previously at SUNY Cortland, Broome Community College and Texas Woman’s University. At Binghamton, she has served as treasurer for the Graduate African Student Organization, and vice president and secretary for the Interdisciplinary African Studies Student Organization, as well as president of the Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture Student Alliance.

Tushabe said Binghamton has given her an opportunity to make her dream come true and speaking at Commencement will demonstrate her gratitude to her professors.

“Earning my degree means more open doors,” she said. “It wasn’t easy getting to this point, and for that matter, there’s so much to be hopeful for.”

Remarks also will be made by NPR humorist, playwright and best-selling author David Sedaris, who will receive an honorary degree at the ceremony.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08