Statement from Chancellor Malatras on Binghamton University’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Inaugural Graduation

May 14, 2021

"Today is momentous as Binghamton University's School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences graduates its inaugural class. Our graduates, many who started their coursework in the Fall 2017 semester, could not possibly fathom how important their work would be even before graduating. They stepped up in a big way throughout the pandemic—using their education and instruction from the University—serving on the frontlines to assist with COVID-19 testing and administering vaccines to New Yorkers.

Pharmacists are known throughout history as educators—being a 'go to' source of healthcare advice within their communities—and that will continue well beyond this pandemic. Congratulations to today’s graduates—you are stewards of what it means to be a SUNY student and ready to serve top-notch care across our nation. We are proud of all that you have accomplished, and know you will succeed in wherever life takes you next."

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2022, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunities, visit

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