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Video of Michelle Eberhart’s Commencement Speech
May 23, 2012
VESTAL, N.Y.—- Michelle Eberhart, a captain on this year’s Binghamton track & field team, gave one of the student speeches at this past Sunday’s Commencement at the Events Center. The three-time America East medalist and member of the National College Athlete Honor Society is the first student-athlete to be selected as a student speaker during the Binghamton athletic program’s 11-year NCAA Division I era.
Eberhart, who earned her bachelor’s degree both English and human development, focused her speech on social media and technology of today and how they have played a significant role in the lives of college students.
“We’re in an age where everyone has Facebook, most people have smart phones and Twitter, and everything moves super quickly, she said. “With that being said, we’ve started to depend more on technology and less on personal interactions with others. I want to make people realize that and become aware that even though we have this amazing influx of information at our fingertips, it’s more important to appreciate the real-life friendships that we’ve made throughout college.”
At the Binghamton Athletic Awards Banquet two weeks ago, Eberhart was honored for having one of the top 10 cumulative GPAs among graduating seniors in the department.