174th Marshall University commencement set for Saturday

174th Marshall University commencement set for Saturday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – More than 1,500 students will graduate from Marshall University on Saturday, May 7 when the university celebrates its 174th commencement at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena. The ceremony begins at 9 a.m.

Among the 1,531 students receiving degrees are 933 undergraduates, 531 graduate students and 67 from the School of Medicine. The commencement ceremony is for tentative May 2011 graduates only.

Registrar Roberta Ferguson said about 800 students have indicated they plan to participate in the commencement ceremony.

Ferguson said 401 students will graduate with honors. Fifty-nine will graduate summa cum laude (3.85 to 4.0 GPA), 134 magna cum laude (3.6 to 3.84 GPA), and 198 cum laude (3.3 to 3.59 GPA). Three students receiving associate degrees will graduate with high honors, and seven associate degree recipients will graduate with honors.

Marshall will continue a practice that began in 2006 of recognizing individually each graduate who attends commencement. Each graduate will walk to the area in front of the stage, where his or her name will be announced and he or she will receive congratulations and a representative scroll from the Marshall Alumni Association.

Marshall also will recognize its graduating honor students during commencement. Based on tentative grade point averages, 12 students will complete their baccalaureate degrees with perfect 4.0 GPAs.

The 12 with tentative 4.0s are: Ennis Ayla Barbery of Athens, W.Va.; Rachel Perry Blake of Huntington; Cameron D. Buchman of Huntington; Angela Louise Bumgarner of Beckley, W.Va.; Kathleen M. Clark of Twinsburg, Ohio; Elizabeth Anne Fleming of South Bend, Ind.; Molly Gallagher of Morgantown, W.Va.; Kenneth Robert Mullen of Huntington; Patrick Lee Stewart of Matheny, W.Va.; Catherine A. Togger of Hurricane, W.Va.; Elijah Alderson Wise of Huntington, and Jenna Marie Workman of St. Albans, W.Va.

Pulitzer Prize winner and two-time Marshall University graduate Julia Keller will deliver the commencement address and receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree.

Saturday, May 7

9 a.m., Marshall University’s 174th commencement, Big Sandy Superstore Arena

Immediately following Marshall’s commencement, College of Information Technology and Engineering graduation reception, Arthur Weisberg Family Engineering Laboratories

Immediately following Marshall’s commencement, Communication Disorders graduationreception, Smith Hall 143

Immediately following Marshall’s commencement, College of Fine Arts post-graduation brunch, an invitation event at Wesvanawha, 845 4th Ave.


1 p.m., College of Science Convocation, Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center

1:30 p.m., Lewis College of Business graduation celebration, Christ Temple Church, 2400 Johnstown Rd.

Main commencement notes:

The commencement ceremony will be streamed live on the Web beginning at 8:30 a.m. To access the stream, visit www.marshall.edu.

Marshall University will provide shuttle buses to transport graduates and guests to the arena from campus. Graduates and guests are encouraged to park on university lots at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, Joan C. Edwards Stadium and across 3rd Avenue from Smith Hall (Lot F). Shuttle service will begin at 7:45 a.m. and occur in 15-minute intervals. After commencement, buses will transport passengers back to campus.

Marshall University will produce a DVD of the commencement ceremony for purchase at $15 per copy. Orders may be submitted using the DVD order form on the registrar’s office Web site (www.marshall.edu/registrar). Additionally, orders will be accepted at the arena May 7. The Marshall University Alumni Association will process the DVD orders.

A professional photographer (Legacy Photographics) will take two photographs of each graduate after the graduate has received his or her representative scroll. The photographer will send proof information to graduates using MU e-mail addresses a few days after the ceremony. Purchase of photographs is optional.

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