Concord University Holding Spring 2012 Commencement

For Immediate Release: 
May 02 2012

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


ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University will hold spring commencement on Saturday, May 12, 2012 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.

Members of Concord’s Class of 1962 and Class of 1987 will also be recognized during the morning ceremony in honor of their 50th and 25th reunions.

Valedictorian for the spring 2012 class is Carrie Elizabeth Honaker of Ronceverte, W.Va. She will graduate summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. Her major is secondary education and her teaching field is music pre-k-adult.

Candidates meeting requirements for graduation in May 2012 and those who may qualify for graduation in August 2012 will participate in the commencement ceremony.

Concord University’s registrar’s office reports that 16 graduate candidates have applied for graduation along with 287 undergraduate candidates. Among the graduates are 106 individuals who 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 43 out-of-state candidates represent Alabama, California, District of Columbia, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.

Ten international students representing Bulgaria, Canada, Jamaica, Japan, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Venezuela are also among the candidates.

Ten veterans are among the spring 2012 class.

A reception will be held on the front lawn of the Carter Center, weather permitting, following both ceremonies. In the event of rain, the receptions will be moved inside to Gym II of the Carter Center.

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 the day of the event or by calling 304-384-5126. (Please specify morning or afternoon ceremony.) DVDs will be shipped within four to six weeks of the event.

For those who cannot attend the ceremonies, 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.

Additional information may be found on Concord’s website ( by clicking on the “Countdown to Commencement” button.


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.