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Concord University Holding Nineteenth Fall Commencement

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

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






ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University will hold its nineteenth Fall Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 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 the summer of 2017 and in December 2017 will participate. Included are 27 graduate candidates and 139 undergraduate candidates.


Along with candidates for graduation from West Virginia, candidates from out-of-state represent: Virginia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Texas, Florida, North Dakota, Indiana, Maryland and North Carolina. International students representing Liberia, Mali, India, Russia, South Korea, Nepal and Spain are also among the candidates for graduation. The Fall 2017 class includes three veterans and 47 individuals will graduate with honors.


Valedictorian for the Fall 2017 class is Ashley Nicole Wheeler of Shady Spring, WV. She will receive a Bachelor of Science in Education, summa cum laude. Her teaching field is Elementary Education K-6.


Lawrence Dale Dickens and Willa Jean Dickens will receive honorary degrees during the ceremony. Mr. Dickens and Mrs. Dickens, who are husband and wife and residents of Princeton, WV, will both receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities, honoris causa. They are being honored for their career achievements and community involvement.


Dale Dickens retired from Concord as Director of Admissions, Emeritus.  Jean Dickens, a 1981 graduate of Concord, also devoted a portion of her professional career to working at the University in the business and development offices.


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.


The Concord University Alumni Association will be selling “The Campus Beautiful” by well-known artist P. Buckley Moss. The print, produced especially for Concord University, measures 11”x13” and sells for $100.


The Concord University cheerleaders will be in the lobby of the Carter Center selling bottled water and roses. All proceeds will benefit the CU Cheerleading Team.


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 more information about Concord University’s Fall 2017 Commencement visit



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if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.