Concord to Host Two Commencement Ceremonies Saturday, May 16

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 30 2009

CONTACT: Anita Moody, Director, Public Relations/Marketing

Concord to Host Two Commencement Ceremonies Saturday, May 16

Athens, W.Va. – The public is invited to attend spring commencement at Concord University on Saturday, May 16 in the Leslie R. and Ruby Webb Carter Center. For the first time, two ceremonies will be held: a morning ceremony at 10 a.m. and an afternoon ceremony at 2 p.m.

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Students will participate based on their field of study. Candidates for graduation in the master’s program, Division of Business, Division of Education and Human Performance and Division of Fine Arts will participate in the morning ceremony. Candidates for graduation from the Division of Languages and Literature, Division of Natural Sciences, Division of Social Sciences, interdisciplinary studies and Regents Bachelor of Arts will participate in the ceremony scheduled for the afternoon.

“By hosting two ceremonies, the Carter Center will be less crowded and guests will be more comfortable as their watch their son or daughter or wife or husband walk across the stage,” Registrar Carolyn Cox said. “Moreover, we will continue to set up our small gym as an alternate location with a wide-screen television if guests have small children who may feel more comfortable is a smaller setting.”

The Registrar reports that 274 undergraduate candidates have applied for graduation and 101 will be graduating with honors. At 72 candidates for graduation, students representing the Division of Social Sciences comprise the majority of this spring’s class while the Division of Education and Human Performance is represented by 57 students. There are 37 out-of-state students participating in the ceremony with 22 from Virginia. Students from Japan, Bulgaria and Canada are represented in this spring’s class. Valedictorians are Chloe Adelle Alderman from Oak Hill and Amanda Leslie Morley from Saluda, N.C., both participating in the afternoon ceremony.

The Center for Academic Technologies will again accept orders for DVDs that include both the morning and afternoon ceremonies at a cost of $20. DVDs will be shipped within four to six weeks of the ceremony with funds supporting technology initiatives at Concord.

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

Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679, extension 6086 if special assistance or help is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.


CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Andrea Meador, a sophomore majoring in public relations wrote this news release. Her hometown is Ghent.