Graduation weekend kicked off at Binghamton University Friday afternoon with the commencement ceremony for graduate students. Over a thousand students received Master's and PhD degrees Friday.
Notable alumnus Marc Lawrence was one of the speakers. Lawrence is a screenwriter, producer and director, best known for "Miss Congeniality," "Two Weeks Notice," and "Music and Lyrics."
He based his film, "The Rewrite" on his experience at the university. The film features BU throughout.
"It was one of the best times of my life," said Lawrence.
"I learned an enormous amount and met my wife and most of my closest friends."
Undergraduate commencement ceremonies will be held Saturday and Sunday.