After two plus years of creatively hosting commencement ceremonies virtually and through socially-distant, curbside celebrations, the campus community was able to return to the Visions Veterans Memorial Arena to honor SUNY Broome’s 2022 graduates with a traditional ceremony.

“There is no better time to return to hosting a mass gathering than to celebrate commencement as the culmination of our 75th Anniversary of the college,” shared SUNY Broome President, Dr. Kevin Drumm. 

After a welcome address from Anthony Paniccia, Chair of SUNY Broome’s Board of Trustees, President Drumm addressed the graduates and their guests and requested a moment of silence in reflection and respect for the lives lost in the tragic mass shooting in Buffalo, NY. 

In Dr. Drumm’s message to the graduates, he honored the College’s 75th anniversary by sharing the history of SUNY Broome and connected the students of 1946 to the students of 2022. He also commended the graduates for their ability to earn their degrees while balancing life’s challenges during a global pandemic.

“For many of you, the majority of these past two years of study have been completely behind a screen. While it wasn’t what I had expected or hoped for your college experience, your ability to adapt and academic resilience are things that must be celebrated,” said Dr. Drumm.

There was a brief intermission from the commencement speeches in which SUNY Broome’s Chamber Singers beautifully performed selections from West Side Story.

SUNY Broome honored 741 graduates. The youngest graduate was just 16 years old and the oldest graduate is 65 years young! In addition, 8 P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) students earned their degrees in health studies, computer technology, or engineering technology. 

Health Studies graduate, Mary Hill, donned a custom graduation stole which honored the people in her life who supported her throughout her studies. “Their encouragement meant so much to me and I wanted them to be recognized in their own special way,” said Hill. 

Student speaker, Rachel Galet, challenged her fellow graduates to seize opportunities as they come along. “Today is the day to say yes, say yes to your dreams and to everything that you want to accomplish,” said Galet. 

The combination of the rousing musical performance by the Broome County Celtic Pipes & Drums and the cannons of celebratory confetti were the perfect endnote for the commencement ceremony. 

If you were not able to attend SUNY Broome’s 73rd Commencement Celebration, we invite you to please take a moment to view photos and videos and celebrate again! 

Commencement Ceremony 2022

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