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Graduation caps and local business look to soar this week

(WBNG) — Thousands of students will graduate from Binghamton University this week, which mean thousands of family and friends will be along for the ride.

“You’re looking at 20,000 guests coming on to this campus throughout the weekend,” said Ryan Yarosh, Binghamton University Director of Media and Public Relations. “It’s a great event for the campus, but also for the local community.”

Hotels such as the Candlewood Suites, located about a mile from campus on the Vestal Parkway, are just about full. Staff there expect more than 150 guests each night. Friday is sold out, and Saturday is nearing that.

“You got to make sure each person is in the right room, make sure everything is clean, nothing is broken,” explained Mariel Torres who is a front desk attendant at Vestal’s Candlewood Suites.

Reservations for local hotels were made months if not more than a year in advance. Within 50 miles north of Vestal, three college graduation ceremonies will be going on this weekend. SUNY Cortland and Ithaca College will both be holding commencements as well.

It’s not just hotels that will be having one of the busiest weeks of the year. For restaurants in the Binghamton area and other businesses nearby it’s also all hands on deck.

Muckles U, which sells hand printed apparel in downtown Binghamton, has been stocking up shelves.

“We will be open Sunday, normally we aren’t,” said Muckles U co-owner Stefan Oliveira.

He said they want to make sure students can take a piece of Binghamton home before they leave town.

More information on Binghamton University Commencement 2019 weekend can be found here.

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