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ATHENS, W.Va. –  Concord University is announcing plans for the 148th Spring Commencement. Candidates for graduation will be honored during three ceremonies on two days. Master’s degree candidates will be honored on Friday, May 5, 2023 at 6 p.m. Candidates for undergraduate degrees will be recognized on Saturday, May 6, 2023 during ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. All ceremonies will be held in the Main Gym of the Leslie R. and Ruby Webb Carter Center.

The spring 2023 class valedictorian is Shannon M. Jarrell of Beckley, West Virginia. She will receive a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Political Science and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education.

Please note that tickets are required for admission. All available tickets were distributed to students through the President’s Office. All ceremonies are being livestreamed. To view the livestream 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.

Candidates for graduation will participate in a ceremony based upon their degree. For a complete schedule and guest information, visit


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.

A group of graduates sitting together and smiling during the commencement ceremony