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BU: 20,000 guests expected in town for 2019 commencements

VESTAL (WBNG) — Binghamton University says more than 3,600 students will receive degrees in nine separate commencement ceremonies between Wednesday and Sunday this week.

According to BU, more than 20,000 guests are expected to be on campus, stay at hotels and eat at restaurants, generating an estimated $2.4 million in local spending.

With all of those extra people in the area comes traffic congestion.

Binghamton University officials say University Police and Parking Services will conduct traffic control on campus, beginning with the Friday afternoon ceremony and continuing throughout the weekend.

For overflow parking and to help alleviate traffic congestion onto the Vestal Parkway, BU officials say the college has opened the parking garage on campus, free of charge, from 10 a.m. Friday until 9 p.m. Sunday.

Spring 2019 commencement ceremonies:

Wednesday, May 15
3 p.m. – Doctoral Hooding Ceremony (Anderson Center Osterhout Theater)
reception to immediately follow for candidates and their guests

Friday, May 17
Noon – Decker School of Nursing (bachelor’s ONLY)
4 p.m. – Graduate ceremony (DSON/Harpur/SOM/Watson master’s candidates)

Saturday, May 18
8:30 a.m. – Harpur 1
12:30 p.m. – Harpur 2
4:30 p.m. – Harpur 3

Sunday, May 19
8:30 a.m. – Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science
Noon – College of Community and Public Affairs (master’s and bachelor’s)
3:30 p.m. – School of Management


Nicky Hickling

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