Concord University Holding 141st Spring Commencement May 7

For Immediate Release: 
May 02 2016

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 141st Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 7, 2016 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 73 graduate candidates have applied for graduation along with 281 undergraduate candidates.  Among the graduates are 104 individuals who will graduate with honors. The class includes seven veterans.

Valedictorians for the Spring 2016 class are Shea Jonathan Boothe of Ballard, W.Va. and Joseph Jeff Sweet of Lowell, Mich.

Boothe will receive a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, summa cum laude, with concentrations in Accounting and Management. He will speak during the morning ceremony.

Sweet will receive a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training, summa cum laude. He minored in biology. His valedictory remarks will be delivered as part of the afternoon ceremony.

Two honorary degrees will be presented during the day. Mr. Bill Owens will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities, honoris causa at the morning ceremony. Owens holds the distinction of being the first African-American student-athlete in Concord history. He played football for the Mountain Lions during the 1954 and 1955 seasons.

An Honorary Doctorate of Humanities, honoris causa will be presented to Mr. Andrew Paterno during the afternoon ceremony. Paterno has achieved a successful career in banking and in the insurance industry. He graduated from Concord in 1970.

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: California, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. International graduates represent Albania, China, Ethiopia, Ghana, Japan, Saudia Arabia, South Korea and Thailand.

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.

The Concord University cheerleaders will be in the lobby of the Carter Center selling bottled water and roses. All proceeds will benefit the CU Cheerleading Team.

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.