The text of composer Steve Karmen’s Commencement address, “Something That I Love,” delivered at the Professional Schools Ceremony at the Events Center on May 20. Karmen, who received an honorary degree at the ceremony, was given a standing ovation following the address.
First, my sincerest thanks to President Stenger, and to the Board of Trustees of Binghamton University and to Dr. Kim Jaussi [his nominator] for this great honor.
This is really a big deal for me. The last time I received a diploma was in 1954, on the day I graduated from the Bronx High School of Science. That was 58 years ago. (Don’t do the math; I checked it.)
Most importantly, I wish to congratulate all the graduates today, because I know that this is a really big deal for you, too. I have watched – from a distance – the time and great sustained effort that it takes to achieve a college diploma, and I hope each of you is enjoying a huge sense of pride in your accomplishment. You should: You’ve earned it!
And your parents have earned it, too; and today, not only are they applauding you, they are finally breathing a welcome sigh of relief – temporary as it will be – that, at least, this part of your struggle is behind you.
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