Optimistic BU Business Graduates

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated May 15, 2010 at 6:49 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) - Almost 3,000 students received their bachelor degrees from Binghamton University Saturday.

Action News reporter Natalie Jenereski caught up with some graduates who say despite the tough job market, BU has given them a lesson on how to succeed.

BU's School of Management was ranked the 12th best public business school in the nation by BusinessWeek.

It also ranked the school's accounting program 2nd in the nation.

Graduates of the school hope those awards get them hired.

"Hopefully employers can see that too, and they take an interest in me as one of my qualifications that I am a Binghamton graduate," said Jordan Spiro of Woodmere, NY.

Unfortunately, Jordan has yet to find a job, but his twin brother, Robert, has had different luck.

"Next year I'll be staying here for the masters in accounting and science program, and then I'll be working at Price Waterhouse Coopers in New York City," said Robert Spiro of Woodmere, NY.

"They actually sponsor a scholars program on campus called the Price Waterhouse Coopers scholars program, so it's basically 10% of the incoming freshman who are invited to be a part of it," said Laura Joy Vollmer of Amityville, NY.

The scholarship almost guaranteed that Laura and Robert would get a job with the company after graduation.

But many graduates who weren't promised a job are optimistic that BU has prepared them for the future.

"They definitely trained me through resume, interviewing skills. All the fundamentals to get a job in the real world, it definitely has given me the foundation to go ahead in my life," said Tamara Pitter of Uniondale, NY.

But whether or not their children have jobs..

"I'm truly proud," said Jasim Pitter, Tamara's mother.

..hundreds of parents gave a standing ovation for their college graduates.

In Vestal, Natalie Jenereski, WBNG-TV Action News.

Commencement ceremonies continue tomorrow.

Binghamton University will send off it's 100,000th graduate.

This is also President Lois DeFleur's last commencement.

We'll have coverage of those stories on Action News Sunday at 6.

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