Concord University Holding 139th Spring Commencement May 17

For Immediate Release: 
May 07 2014

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 139th Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 17, 2014 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.  

Concord’s registrar’s office reports that 45 graduate candidates have applied for graduation along with 309 undergraduate candidates.  Among the graduates are 101 individuals who will graduate with honors. The Division of Social Sciences has the largest number of graduates and the Division of Education is second.

Valedictorians for the Spring 2014 class are Casey Lane Hazlewood of Princeton, W.Va. and Ashley Nicole Lecco of Princeton, W.Va. Hazlewood will receive a Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude. His major is chemistry (pre-professional). Lecco will receive a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, summa cum laude. Her major is finance.

Two honorary doctorates will be presented. Mr. Lewis D’Antoni will receive a Doctor of Humanities, honoris causa, during the 10 a.m. ceremony. Mr. Robert E. Holroyd will be presented a Doctor of Humanities, honoris causa, during the 2 p.m. ceremony.     

D’Antoni made his mark as a high school basketball coach in southern West Virginia and Ohio where his 35 season career produced 450 games in the winning column. A resident of Mullens, W.Va., D’Antoni graduated from Concord in 1937. He coached at Pineville High School from 1937-1941 and at Mullens High School from 1942 to 1959. Mullens won the state basketball championship in 1955. That same year, D’Antoni received the first High School Coach of the Year Award from the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

He coached in Ohio at Chesapeake High School from 1971-1982. He has been named to the West Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. D’Antoni turned 100 on December 31, 2013, making him Concord’s oldest known living alum.

A native of Princeton, Holroyd received both his undergraduate degree and law degree from West Virginia University. He served with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict including three years of active duty and special assignments with the military police. Holroyd was Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Mercer County from 1961-1964. He was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1964. He was Mercer County’s Prosecuting Attorney from 1965-1967.Holroyd has been a consultant to the Governor’s Committee on Crime, Delinquency and Correction. He is a member of the Mercer County and West Virginia State bar associations.

The ties of Holroyd’s family to the Athens and Concord communities date back to the 1850s when William and Sarah Holroyd become residents in the area. The Holroyds were among the families who assisted in the establishment of Concord. The former Holroyd Hall was named in honor of his family.

Candidates meeting requirements for graduation in May 2014 and those who qualify for graduation in August 2014 will participate in the commencement ceremonies.

Candidates for graduation will participate in a ceremony based on their fields of study. The morning ceremony will include candidates for Master in Education and Master of Arts in Teaching and undergraduates from the divisions of Business, Education and Fine Arts.

Participating in the afternoon ceremony will be candidates for Master of Social Work and Master of Health Promotion and undergraduates from the divisions of Humanities; Science, Mathematics & Health; and Social Sciences along with undergraduates in Interdisciplinary Studies and the Regents program.

In addition to candidates for graduation from West Virginia, candidates from out-of-state represent: California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

International graduates represent Columbia, Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, United Kingdom and Vietnam. The Spring 2014 class includes 14 veterans.

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 Technology Services Department is recording 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 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.

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.