Lindsey Byars
Concord University
Office of Advancement April 23, 2020
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712


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ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University’s annual Honors Banquet was canceled along with other campus activities in the wake of the Coronavirus Pandemic, but University officials have created a web page celebrating the academic achievements of all its honors graduates and academic award recipients.

The late Professor Emerita Mary Edna Beckett and President Emeritus Joseph Marsh, Jr. organized the first Honors Banquet in 1961. Now in its fifty-ninth year, the tradition has continued as a way to celebrate the outstanding academic achievements of Concord University students.

Since its inception, Cardinal Key and Blue Key Honor Societies have cosponsored the annual event. While many things have changed since the first banquet, organizers say what remains consistent is the pride that faculty and staff at the University have in the accomplishments of Concord students.

Dr. Lisa Darlington, CU’s Cardinal Key sponsor and chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science department, says, “Although we were unable to hold a physical Honors Banquet this year, we still wanted to honor our students.”

In lieu of a physical gathering this year, a web page has been designed to recognize students graduating with honors and to announce the recipients of awards given in different departments for achievement in their respective fields and honor societies. Included towards the bottom of the page is a drop-down menu that, when clicked, reveals a description of each award given this year.

Dr. Peter Viscusi, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, says, “Looking at the listing of student accomplishments, one realizes the high level of academic ability Concord students possess. We are extremely proud of our students and their achievements!” For a complete list of awards and recipients, log on to




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