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Graduation

Please note that all Fall 2022 ceremonies will be private. Each student will receive four tickets for guests.

Friday, December 09, 2022: Master Candidate Hooding & Ceremony

  • 6:00 PM:
    • Master of Arts in Teaching
    • Master of Business Administration
    • Master of Education
    • Master of Health Promotion
    • Master of Social Work

Saturday, December 10, 2022: Undergraduate Candidate Ceremonies

  • 10:00 AM
    • Department of Business
    • Department of Fine Arts and Communication
    • Department of Social Sciences
    • Department of Social Work and Sociology
  • 12:00 Noon
    • Department of Biology
    • Department of Education
    • Department of Health Sciences
    • Department of Humanities
    • Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
    • Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences
    • Interdisciplinary Studies
    • Regents Bachelor of Arts

Undergraduate and graduate diplomas will be mailed to the graduate’s permanent address approximately 10 to 12 weeks after degrees are conferred.

Venue Information

  • All commencement exercises are held in the Leslie R. and Ruby Webb Carter Center Main Gymnasium.

Tickets

  • In the event that the Spring 2022 Commencement ceremonies are held in person, each graduate will receive four guest tickets. Tickets are transferable to other graduates. If you do not need one or more of your tickets, you may give them to another graduate or contact the President’s Office to donate your tickets to another student. Tickets will be required for entry. Small children who can sit on a guest lap will not require a ticket.

Online Viewing

  • For individuals who are not able to attend the ceremony in person, the University’s Academic Technology Department will provide live streaming of the ceremony on the Internet. Log on to Concord’s website, www.concord.edu, the day of the event, then click on the Commencement graphic on the main page.

Seating & Special Accommodations

  • All seating for the Spring 2022 Commencement will be floor seating.

Parking

  • Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis. Uniformed officers will be available to direct parking. Handicapped parking spaces are available in several campus parking lots. Everything else on this page should be accurate and up to date.

Hotels

HOTELS/MOTELS:

  • Comfort Inn
    136 Ambrose Lane
    Princeton, WV 24740
    1-800-230-4134
    1-304-487-6101
    Mention Concord University for Discount
  • Sleep Inn & Suites
    1015 Oakvale Road
    Princeton, WV 24740
    1-800-997-5149
    1-304-431-2800
    Mention Concord University for Discount
  • Country Inn and Suites
    111 Halls Ridge Road
    Princeton, WV 24740
    1-800-230-4134
    1-304-425-2200
    www.countryinns.com/princetonwv
  • Days Inn
    I-77
    Princeton, WV 24740
    1-866-431-3297
    1-304-425-8100
    www.daysinn.com/DaysInn/control/home
    Mention Concord University for Discount
  • Hampton Inn
    277 Meadowfield Lane
    Princeton, WV 24740
    1-800-741-5072
    1-304-431-2580
    http://hamptoninn1.hilton.com
  • Holiday Inn Express
    805 Oakvale Road
    Princeton, WV 24740
    1-800-315-2621
    1-304-425-8156
    www.heixpress.com/hotels/us/en/reservation
    Mention Concord University for Discount
  • MICROTEL
    304-487-3885
    250 Ambrose Lane
    Princeton, WV 24740
    http://www.microtelinn.com
    Mention Concord University for Discount

RESORTS

BED & BREAKFASTS

Photography

Professional photographers will be taking pictures of the ceremony and individual photographs of each candidate for graduation. Color proofs are mailed to the candidates in the event they want to purchase photos. We understand that this day is a special one for families, but we ask that if you do approach the stage for photos of your loved ones, that you remain mindful not to block the walkways and crowd the areas where the professional photographers will be taking photos. In addition, there will be opportunities for individuals to take pictures following each ceremony. For graduation photo information, please contact Commencement Photos Inc. at www.cpigrads.com or 1-978-851-8992.

Commencement Jump Drive & DVD Order Form

Commemorative Jump Drives and DVDs are available and may be ordered the day of the event at a cost of $20.00. Cash, Check, Visa and MasterCard are accepted. They will be mailed at a later date.

Concord University Prints Marsh Hall Prints

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. Cash, checks made payable to the CU Foundation and debit/credit cards are accepted. Prints can be purchased online here.

Bookstore

The University Bookstore, located on the bottom floor of the Jerry & Jean Beasley Student Center, will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. This is your chance to buy your graduate his/her first Concord Alumni souvenir! Everything from diploma frames to Alumni bumper stickers and t-shirts are available.

CONCORD UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION

As you prepare to graduate, leave your time at Concord behind, and start off on your new adventure – take time to reflect and think about giving back. A gift to Concord, no matter how small, is truly a game-changer for current and future students. Each donation provides opportunities for students, faculty and the community that would not otherwise be possible. As you have been the beneficiary of previous gifts to Concord, we hope that in the future you will consider giving back to your alma mater. Remember, every donation matters! Please visit The Concord University Foundation’s webpage to donate.

The West Virginia Board of Education, at its meeting of October 26-27, 1959, authorized Concord College* to award honorary degrees. The first honorary degrees were conferred on May 14, 1960, at the Inauguration of Joseph Franklin Marsh, Jr., as Thirteenth President of the College, with Dr. Phillip Mallory Conley of Charleston, West Virginia, receiving the first such degree awarded by the College.

Honorary Degree, “honoris causa”, is the highest recognition that the University can bestow on an individual. Recipients must have demonstrated the highest exemplary service to the institution, the community, state or our society.

*Concord College became Concord University on July 1, 2004

Year Awarded By Name & Title Hometown Citation Awarded
2022 Kendra Boggess Dr. Joe Ellington Bluefield, WV View Doctor of Humanities
2022 Kendra Boggess Mr. Gregory Allen Scottsdale, AZ View Doctor of Humanities
2019 CU Board of
Governors
Richard Preservati Princeton, WV View Doctor of Humanities
2019 Kendra Boggess Ms. Linda Ann Poff Princeton, WV View Doctor of Humanities; Doctor of Laws
2019 Kendra Boggess Mr. Robert Eugene Tuckwiller Ronceverte, WV View Doctor of Humanities
2018 Kendra Boggess Mr. Donald R. Holcomb Ikes Fork, WV View Doctor of Humanities
2018 Kendra Boggess Ms. Evelyn Lilly Blake Daleville, VA View Doctor of Humanities
2018 Kendra Boggess Mr. Vincent Cali Middletown, NJ View Doctor of Humanities
2018 Kendra Boggess Mr. David Kirby Mullens, WV View Doctor of Humanities
2017 Kendra Boggess Mrs. Willa Jean Dickens Princeton, WV View Doctor of Humanities
2017 Kendra Boggess Mr. Lawrence Dale Dickens Princeton, WV View Doctor of Humanities
2017 Kendra Boggess Mr. Charles Hall Longwood, FL View Doctor of Humanities
2017 Kendra Boggess Dr. Jean Lester Bennett Clearwater, FL View Doctor of Humanities
2016 Kendra Boggess Mr. Andrew Paterno South Charleston, WV View Doctor of Humanities
2016 Kendra Boggess Mr. Bill Owens Long Beach, NY View Doctor of Humanities
2015 Kendra Boggess Mr. Arthur “Pete” Ballard Peterstown, WV View Doctor of Humanities
2015 Kendra Boggess Mr. James “Jim” Connolly Princeton, WV View Doctor of Humanities
2015 Kendra Boggess Mr. Victor Grigoraci Charleston, WV View Doctor of Humanities
2014 Kendra Boggess Ms. Betty Wilkes Beckley, WV View Doctor of Humanities
2014 Kendra Boggess Mr. Robert Holroyd Princeton, WV View Doctor of Humanities
2014 Kendra Boggess Mr. Lewis D’Antoni Mullens, WV View Doctor of Humanities
2013 Gregory F. Aloia Mrs. Laurie Erickson Gulf Stream, FL View Doctor of Humanities
2013 Gregory F. Aloia Mr. Charles Erickson Gulf Stream, FL View Doctor of Humanities
2011 Gregory F. Aloia Mrs. Kay Goodwin
Cabinet Secretary for the Department of Education and the Arts
Charleston, WV View Doctor or Humane Letters
2010 Gregory F. Aloia M. L. Swarankar View Doctor of Humanities
2008 President Emeritus Joseph Franklin Marsh Dr. Jerry L. Beasley Athens, WV Doctor of Humanitarian Service
2008 President Emeritus Joseph Franklin Marsh Jean Dressler Beasley View Doctor of Humanitarian Service
2007 Jerry L. Beasley Gaston Caperton View Doctor of Humanitarian Service
2006 Jerry L. Beasley Ruby Anderson Carter View Doctor of Education
2006 Jerry L. Beasley Wayne W. Meisel View Doctor of Business Administration
2003 Jerry L. Beasley James H. “Buck” Harless View Doctor of Business Administration
1999 Jerry L. Beasley Arnold G. Porterfield View Bachelor of Arts
1987 Jerry L. Beasley Queen Sirikit
Queen
Thailand View Doctor of Humane Letters
1972 Joseph Franklin Marsh John Sloan Dickey View Doctor of Laws
1972 Joseph Franklin Marsh Walter Ray Cooke View Doctor of Pedagogy
1972 Joseph Franklin Marsh Charles Lee Harmon View Doctor of Humanities
1971 Joseph Franklin Marsh Edward Sagendorph Mason View Doctor of Laws
1971 Joseph Franklin Marsh John Grove Barker Doctor of Pedagogy
1971 Joseph Franklin Marsh Perry Epler Gresham View Doctor of Humanities
1970 Joseph Franklin Marsh William James Lord Wallace View Doctor of Humane Letters
1970 Joseph Franklin Marsh Alexander Marrs Harman View Doctor of Laws
1970 Joseph Franklin Marsh Daniel Hale View Doctor of Science
1970 Joseph Franklin Marsh George Wayman Bryson View Doctor of Humane Letters
1970 Joseph Franklin Marsh Gordon Elmer Hermanson View Doctor of Laws
1969 Joseph Franklin Marsh Arch Alfred Moore View Doctor of Laws
1968 Joseph Franklin Marsh Stewart Harold Smith View Doctor of Laws
1968 Joseph Franklin Marsh Harold Clark Martin View Doctor of Letters
1968 Joseph Franklin Marsh Theodore Davidge Lockwood View Doctor of Humane Letters
1968 Joseph Franklin Marsh Wilburn Camrock Campbell View Doctor of Humane Letters
1967 Joseph Franklin Marsh Festus Paul Summers View Doctor of Humane Letters
1967 Joseph Franklin Marsh William Pearson Tolley View Doctor of Laws
1967 Joseph Franklin Marsh James Stanley Smithson View Doctor of Science
1967 Joseph Franklin Marsh Felix Edward Repetto View Doctor of Laws
1967 Joseph Franklin Marsh Harry Hill View Doctor of Science
1967 Joseph Franklin Marsh Ernest Elliott Church View Doctor of Pedagogy
1967 Joseph Franklin Marsh Stanley Hubert Martin View Doctor of Laws
1966 Joseph Franklin Marsh Lloyd Harman Elliot View Doctor of Laws
1966 Joseph Franklin Marsh David Kell Allen View Doctor of Humane Letters
1965 Joseph Franklin Marsh Hulett Carlson Smith
Governor of West Virginia
Charleston,
West Virginia
View Doctor of Laws
1965 Joseph Franklin Marsh Harry Bruce Heflin
Former President of Glenville State College
Vice-President, West Virginia University
Morgantown,
West Virginia
View Doctor of Laws
1965 Joseph Franklin Marsh Claude Clifford Dove
Professor of Education, Emeritus, New Mexico State University
University Park,
New Mexico
View Doctor of Humane Letters
1965 Joseph Franklin Marsh William Francis Troy
President, Wheeling College
Wheeling,
West Virginia
View Doctor of Divinity
1964 Joseph Franklin Marsh Leonard Riggleman
President, Emeritus, Morris Harvey College
Charleston,
West Virginia
View Doctor of Humane Letters
1964 Joseph Franklin Marsh Ella Lively Holroyd
Professor of Music, Emeritus, Concord College
Athens,
West Virginia
View Doctor of Music
1964 Joseph Franklin Marsh George West Diehl
Former President of Concord College
Pastor, Old Oxford Presbyterian Church
Lexington,
Virginia
View Doctor of Laws
1963 Joseph Franklin Marsh Nannie Bee Gore Hearn
Alumna of Concord College
Athens,
West Virginia
View Bachelor of Education
1963 Joseph Franklin Marsh Brooks Hays
Former Congressman and Special Assistant to the President of the United States
Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University
New Brunswick,
New Jersey
View Doctor of Humane Letters
1963 Joseph Franklin Marsh Charles Habib Malik
Former President of the General Assembly of the United Nations
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, American University of Beirut
Beirut,
Lebanon
View Doctor of Humane Letters
1962 Joseph Franklin Marsh Edward McCrady
Vice-Chancellor and President The University of the South
Sewanee,
Tennessee
View Doctor of Humane Letters
1962 Joseph Franklin Marsh Charles Hodel
Former Chairman, West Virginia Centennial Commission
Beckley,
West Virginia
View Doctor of Laws
1962 Joseph Franklin Marsh Oliver Perry Chitwood
Professor of History, Emeritus, West Virginia University
Morgantown,
West Virginia
View Doctor of Letters
1962 Joseph Franklin Marsh Brand Blandshard
Sterling Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, Yale University
New Haven,
Connecticut
View Doctor of Letters
1961 Joseph Franklin Marsh Robert Edward Lee Strider
President, Colby College
Waterville,
Maine
View Doctor of Laws
1961 Joseph Franklin Marsh David Kirby
Dean of Faculty, Emeritus, Concord College
Athens,
West Virginia
View Doctor of Humane Letters
1961 Joseph Franklin Marsh William Wallace Barron
Former Governor of West Virginia
Charleston,
West Virginia
View Doctor of Laws
1961 Joseph Franklin Marsh Huston Cummings Smith
Professor of Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge,
Massachusetts
View Doctor of Letters
1961 Joseph Franklin Marsh Harvey Mitchell Rice
President, Macalester College
St. Paul,
Minnesota
View Doctor of Laws
1960 Joseph Franklin Marsh Elvis Jacob Stahr
Former President of West Virginia University and Secretary of the Army
President, Indiana University
Bloomington,
Indiana
View Doctor of Laws
1960 Joseph Franklin Marsh Fred Berthold
Professor of Religion, Dartmouth College
Hanover,
New Hampshire
View Doctor of Divinity
1960 Joseph Franklin Marsh Cecil Harland Underwood
Former Governor of West Virginia
Huntington,
West Virginia
View Doctor of Laws
1960 Joseph Franklin Marsh Robert Kenneth Carr
President,
Oberlin College
Oberlin,
Ohio
View Doctor of Laws
1960 Joseph Franklin Marsh Philip Mallory Conley
President, Education Foundation of West Virginia
Charleston,
West Virginia
View Doctor of Laws
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