Binghamton University awards honorary doctorate to ESPN host Tony Kornheiser

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - While over 3,700 students walk across the stage to receive their degree this weekend, Binghamton University is also awarding a popular alumnus with an honorary doctorate.

The first of 7 graduation ceremonies began Friday at B.U.

In addition to the seniors receiving their degrees, B.U. will also award 4 alumni members with an honorary doctorate, including Tony Kornheiser who graduated in the class of 1970.

Kornheiser is the host of the ESPN debate talk show "Pardon the Interruption," where he frequently gives the Bearcats a shout-out.

He says coming into town always brings him back to his days at Harpur College.

"When I'm driving up today on I-81 and you see that sign, it's like when you go to the shore and you smell the water and it reminds you of everything you had as a child, seeing that sign for Binghamton was great. There's a certain touch of home to that and it never leaves you. You always feel that way. It's great," he said.

Kornheiser also raved about the beauty and expanded size of the campus.

He's also surprised to see the sun shining, instead of snow on the ground, which usually greets him when he visits.

Kornheiser will speak at the Harpur College graduation ceremony on Sunday.

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