Concord University Holding Spring 2011 Commencement

For Immediate Release: 
May 10 2011

CONTACT: Sarah Dalton
Concord Universit
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312,

Concord University Holding Spring 2011 Commencement

ATHENS, W.Va. - Concord University will hold spring commencement on Saturday, May 14, 2011 in the main gym of the Leslie R. and Ruby Webb Carter Center.

Two ceremonies will be held to accommodate the number of graduates and their families and guests. A morning ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and an afternoon ceremony is planned for 2 p.m.

Students will participate in a ceremony based on their fields of study. The morning ceremony will include candidates for graduation in the master’s program and undergraduates from the divisions of business, education and human performance and fine arts. Participating in the afternoon ceremony will be candidates for graduation from the divisions of languages and literature, natural sciences, social sciences, interdisciplinary studies and the regents program.

An honorary degree will be presented to Kay Goodwin, cabinet secretary, West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, in the 10 a.m. ceremony.

Members of Concord’s Class of 1961 will also be recognized during the morning ceremony in honor of their 50th reunion.

Valedictorians for the spring 2011 class are: Amy Leigh Brush, MacArthur; Andreas Maerki, Princeton; Kathleen Beth Sickman, Bridgeport; and April Dawn Waller, Mullens. All four of the top scholars have maintained a 4.0 grade point average (GPA).

Candidates meeting requirements for graduation in May 2011, as well as those who could have graduated in December 2010 or may qualify for graduation in August 2011, will participate in the commencement ceremony.

Concord University’s registrar’s office reports that 22 graduate candidates have applied for graduation along with 277 undergraduate candidates for a total of 299. Ninety-five individuals will graduate with honors. The Division of Social Sciences has the largest number of graduates and the Division of Education and Human Performance is second.

A total of 41 out-of-state candidates represent eight states: Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Delaware and Florida. Sixteen international students representing Canada, France, Burma, South Africa, Japan, Vietnam, Bolivia and the United Kingdom are also among the candidates.

The youngest graduate is 21 and the most senior graduate is 56. Six veterans – one graduate and five undergraduate - are among the spring 2011 class.

A reception will be held on the front lawn of the Carter Center, weather permitting, following both ceremonies.

Concord University’s Center for Academic Technologies is taping both the morning and afternoon commencement ceremonies. DVDs may be purchased for $20 each and may be ordered by calling 304-384-5126. (Please specify morning or afternoon ceremony.) DVDs will be shipped within four to six weeks of the event.  Click here for the order form.

For those who cannot attend the ceremony, Concord will provide a live-stream online at