Broome Community College President Dr. Laurence Spraggs will confer the College’s first ever honorary doctorate to one of BCC’s founding father’s, Mr. Darwin Wales, during the Spring 2007 graduation ceremony, which will take place at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 18, 2007 at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena in downtown Binghamton.
Mr. Darwin Wales will be awarded the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters.
“Broome Community College would not be the academic institution it is today without the vision, guidance and intellect of Mr. Darwin Wales,” said President Dr. Laurence Spraggs. “Mr. Wales was truly ahead of his time in understanding more than sixty years ago the crucial importance of higher education and that it would be the key to the progress of any community.”
“Mr. Wales is an exceptional individual whose service and dedication have made a real difference in the Southern Tier and in New York State,” continued Dr. Spraggs. “Mr. Wales epitomizes the very best in public service and it is truly my honor to be able to present the College’s first honorary degree to him.”
Having lost his father while still in high school, Darwin Wales had to work to put himself through both Williams College and Albany Law School. Through the years, he has served on numerous boards including the Boys’ and Girls’ Club and Family and Children’s Service Society.
A reception honoring Mr. Wales will also be held at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, 2007 in the atrium of the Decker Building on campus.
At the age of 93, Mr. Wales is still a practicing lawyer at the firm of Hinman Howard and Kattell in downtown Binghamton. The Wales Administration Building, which is located in campus, is named after Darwin Wales.