Sarah M. Pritchett
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312,

After 4 p.m.
Office: 304-384-5211
Cell: 304-320-6405

May 4, 2021


ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University is announcing a return to in-person ceremonies for the 146th Spring Commencement. The two previous Commencements – Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 – were held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Candidates for graduation will be honored during seven ceremonies spanning two days. This format is being utilized to provide students with an opportunity to participate in an in-person ceremony while still practicing social distancing and following federal and state guidelines.

Master’s degree candidates will be honored on Friday, May 7, 2021. Candidates for undergraduate degrees will be recognized on Saturday, May 8, 2021. Because they were unable to have in-person commencement ceremonies, members of the Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 classes have been invited to participate in the upcoming events.

The ceremonies will be held in the Main Gym of the Leslie R. and Ruby Webb Carter Center. Please note that all ceremonies are private and tickets are required for admission. To view the live stream of the ceremonies, log on to Concord’s website the day of the event at, then click on the Commencement graphic on the main page.

Rachel Mankins from Fayetteville, W.Va. is valedictorian for the Spring 2021 class. She will receive a Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude. Rachel majored in Biology-Molecular and minored in Business Administration. She will be honored during the 3 p.m. ceremony on May 8.

Candidates for graduation will participate in a ceremony based upon their degree. The schedule for the Spring 2021 Commencement is as follows:

Friday, May 7, 2021: Master’s Ceremonies

11 a.m. Master of Arts in Teaching
Master of Education

2 p.m. Master of Social Work
Master of Arts in Health Promotion

Saturday, May 8, 2021: Undergraduates Ceremonies

9 a.m. Department of Business
Department of Mass Communication
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

11 a.m. Department of Education
Department of Fine Arts

1 p.m.   Department of Social Work and Sociology
Department of Social Sciences

3 p.m.   Department of Biology
Department of Health Sciences
Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences

5 p.m.  Department of Humanities
Interdisciplinary Studies
Regents Bachelor of Arts

Several campus groups will be offering mementos to graduates and their guests at the ceremonies. The cheerleaders will be selling flowers and bottled water. The ceremonies are being recorded and orders will be taken at Commencement for jump drives of the recording. Jump drives may also be purchased online at:

The Concord University Foundation will be selling an art piece featuring Marsh Hall and the Marsh Memorial Carillon. The 11” x 14” sketch and watercolor painting is by Jacks Avenue and sells for $50. Proceeds will benefit Concord’s Annual Fund.

For additional information about Concord University’s Spring 2021 Commencement, please click here.

Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 extension 6086, if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.

The bell tower at Concord University