While Binghamton University is holding most of its graduation ceremonies this weekend for the various schools, it is graduation day on May 19, 2022 for SUNY Broome Community College.
The start will be at 7:30 p.m. at Visions Veterans’ Memorial Arena in downtown Binghamton. The students planned to gather at the Upper Front Street campus in the morning for photo ops followed by rehearsals.
SUNY Broome President, Dr. Kevin Drumm, will greet students, parents, family, friends and local dignitaries during the traditional ceremony at the arena.
During the pandemic, SUNY Broome was forced to ferry graduates onto campus to receive their certificates under a shaded tent.
Current COVID-19 guidelines are being followed for graduation ceremonies, including attendees who are not vaccinated to be masked while masks are optional for those who have been vaccinated and social distancing practices are encouraged in the possible.
THROUGH THE YEARS: Construction of the Veterans Memorial Arena
What is now known as Visions Veteran Memorial Arena has been a staple of downtown Binghamton and the South End for nearly 50 years. Hockey, concerts, graduation ceremonies… it has long been the hub of major local events. Almost everyone has attended an arena event at least once.
But how did it happen? We dug around for some early photos…