Concord University Holding 140th Spring Commencement May 9

For Immediate Release: 
May 01 2015

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 140th Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 9, 2015 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 68 graduate candidates have applied for graduation along with 286 undergraduate candidates.  Among the graduates are 99 individuals who will graduate with honors.

Valedictorians for the Spring 2015 class are Mariah Danielle Farley of Athens, W.Va. and Laken Cheyenne McKenzie of Princeton, W.Va.

Farley will receive a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, summa cum laude, and a Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude. Her majors are finance and mathematics.

McKenzie will receive a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude. Her major is psychology.

An honorary degree will be presented to Mr. Victor Grigoraci during the 10 a.m. ceremony. He will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities, honoris causa. A graduate of Concord, Mr. Grigoraci has built an outstanding career as an accountant. He is a resident of Charleston, W.Va.

Candidates meeting requirements for graduation in May 2015 and those who qualify for graduation in July 2015 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 of 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 Bachelor of Arts program.

In addition to candidates for graduation from West Virginia, candidates from out-of-state represent: Alaska, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia.

International graduates represent Canada, Japan, Russia, Scotland, Spain and Sweden. The Spring 2015 class includes seven 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.