Marshall's December Commencement Dec. 10

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Marshall's December Commencement Dec. 10

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University’s 2011 Winter Commencement, which takes place Saturday, Dec. 10, will honor nearly 1,250 students who graduated in July or August 2011, or are tentatively scheduled to graduate this month. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at Cam Henderson Center on the Huntington campus.

Among the 1,247 students, who received or are about to receive degrees, are 754 undergraduates and 493 with graduate degrees. About 400 students have indicated they plan to participate in the ceremony. They will be recognized individually, walking to the area in front of the stage where their names will be announced and they will receive congratulations and a scroll from the Marshall Alumni Association.

Registrar Roberta Ferguson said 174 students will graduate with honors. Fifteen will graduate summa cum laude (3.85 to 4.0 GPA), 43 magna cum laude (3.6 to 3.84 GPA), and 101 cum laude (3.3 to 3.59 GPA).

Two students receiving associate degrees will graduate with high honors, and 13 associate degree recipients will graduate with honors.

Based on tentative grade point averages, two students will complete their baccalaureate degrees with perfect 4.0 GPAs. They are Brittany Lin Ledbetter of Cross Lanes, W.Va., and Morgan Alexandra Lewis of Wayne.

Dr. Jamie Warner, a professor of political science at Marshall and MU’s Charles E. Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award winner for 2010-2011, will deliver the keynote speech.

The Hedrick Award she received last spring recognizes a full-time faculty member who has a minimum of seven years teaching experience at Marshall and has a record of outstanding classroom teaching, scholarship, research and creative activities.

Warner has been at Marshall since 2002, when she was hired as an assistant professor of political science. In 2004, she was awarded both the Pickens-Queen and College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Teaching Awards. Before coming to Marshall, she was a visiting assistant professor of political science at the University of the South (Sewanee) from 2001 to 2002. She received her B.A. from Millersville University in 1991, her M.A. from Penn State University in 1995 and her Ph.D. in political science with a minor in women’s studies from Penn State in 2001. 

DVDs available

Marshall University will produce a DVD of the Winter Commencement ceremony for purchase. Orders may be submitted using the DVD order form on the Registrar’s Office website ( Orders also will be accepted Dec. 10 at Henderson Center. The Marshall University Alumni Association will process the DVD orders.


Free parking for commencement will be available in the garage across 3rd Avenue from Cam Henderson Center, or on any university parking lot. The garage and the Joan C. Edwards Stadium West Lot provide the most convenient parking.

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