Two students to represent fellow graduates at Commencement

By Katie Ellis| DECEMBER 7, 2012

Graduating senior Matthew Comite will represent his classmates as the undergraduate student speaker and Jason Loew will speak on behalf of his fellow graduate students at the Fall Commencement ceremony at noon, Sunday, Dec. 16, in the Events Center.

A human development major from New York City, Comite is a consummate sports lover. On campus, he has interned in sports marketing for the Athletics Department, been a resident assistant for two years and a committed Intramural and Club Sports supervisor, managing a staff of 10 referees overseeing all game operations. For three years, he has also been a member of the male practice squad for women’s varsity basketball.

The past two summers, he has also interned in corporate partnership sales for the Atlanta Hawks and Phillips Arena.

Comite enrolled at Binghamton because of its size, academic reputation, facilities and distance from home. He also saw himself finding a niche at Binghamton, and he believes he did. After graduation, he will move back to New York City, where he is actively pursuing employment.

“Being Commencement speaker means giving back to a community that provided me with 4½ amazing years of lifelong memories,” Comite said. “From intramural sports to being an RA, I made countless connections with faculty and students alike and hope to end my time at Binghamton by saying thank you.”

Loew, who is receiving his PhD in computer science, has been at Binghamton University for several years, having earned bachelor’s degrees in both psychology and computer science, as well as a master’s degree in computer science, at Binghamton before pursuing his doctorate.

“I chose Binghamton because it had faculty who were involved in research that I thought would be well-suited toward my interests, and I was able to secure funding that would give me opportunities to teach students while working on my research,” Loew said.

His current goals are to find a position as a professor where he can primarily work with students as an instructor but would also have the opportunity to guide them toward research paths. “I’d like to be able to work with students outside of the curriculum in other intellectual venues as well, such as programming competitions,” he said.

As a Commencement speaker, Loew hopes “to be able to provide a moment of reflection for the students, to congratulate those who know what path they want to walk and to encourage those who have yet to find their way.”

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