Turning their tassels

By Jillian Marshall

May 19, 2013 Updated May 20, 2013 at 12:24 PM EST

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It was a weekend of diplomas and tossing caps at Binghamton University.

This year was the first year the SUNY school held nine different graduation ceremonies.

Decker School of Nursing students flipped their tassels and said goodbye to BU Sunday afternoon.

Some of the graduates dedicated their time to Southern Tier residents whose homes and lives were ruined by the flood in September 2011.

Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger had an important piece of advice for graduates.

"Keep in touch with your friends. The friends that you made in college are probably going to be the greatest friends you'll ever have," Stenger said. "Try as hard as you can to find time every year, every month, give them a call, visit them. Stay in touch with those friends, they'll be there for life."

The graduates' futures are looking bright, but they will miss the impact and relationships Binghamton University has given them.

"There's a lot of people that I'm not going to see for a long time, and I'm going to miss them," graduate Taryn Lindquist said.

Lindquist was also the student commencement speaker for the Decker School of Nursing.

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