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Concord University Holding Sixteenth Fall Commencement

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University 

Office of Advancement 

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,         




ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University will hold its Sixteenth Annual Fall Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 in the Leslie R. and Ruby Webb Carter Center. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in the main gym.

Graduate and undergraduate candidates meeting requirements for graduation in December 2014 will participate.

Concord University’s registrar’s office reports that nine graduate candidates and 148 undergraduate candidates have applied for graduation. Along with candidates for graduation from West Virginia, candidates from out-of-state represent: Virginia, Maryland, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Vermont. International students representing Brazil, Korea and Vietnam are also among the candidates for graduation.

Valedictorian for the Fall 2014 class is Joshua Paul Beverly of Beckley, W.Va. Beverly will receive two degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Education, summa cum laude, and a Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude. His majors were Secondary Education with a Mathematics 5-Adult teaching field, and Mathematics Comprehensive with a minor in statistics.  

“It is a great honor and privilege to be the valedictorian. I definitely give the glory of this achievement to God first and then to all my family and friends who have been with me every step of the way,” Beverly said.

“I plan to further my education in graduate school next fall,” he said. “Through a program at Concord, I am actually currently employed full-time teaching math at a local high school and I will remain employed teaching at least until the end of the year in May.” 

A reception will be held in the Carter Center small gym following the ceremony.

Concord University’s Technology Services Department is recording the commencement ceremony. DVDs may be purchased for $20 each and may be ordered the day of the event or by calling 304-384-5126. DVDs will be shipped within four to six weeks of commencement.

For those who cannot attend the ceremony, Concord will provide a live-stream online. Log on to Concord’s website,, the day of the event, then click on the graphic on the main page.

For additional information, visit Concord’s “Countdown to Commencement” at



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.