Concord University Holding Eighteenth Fall Commencement

For Immediate Release: 
Dec 01 2016

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,


After 4 p.m.





ATHENS, W.Va. Concord University will hold its Eighteenth Fall Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 in the Leslie R. and Ruby Webb Carter Center. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in the main gym.

Graduate and undergraduate candidates meeting requirements for graduation in the summer of 2016 and in December 2016 will participate. Included are 42 graduate candidates and 148 undergraduate candidates.

Along with candidates for graduation from West Virginia, candidates from out-of-state represent: Virginia, Texas, Florida, South Carolina, Indiana, Maryland, California, North Carolina and the District of Columbia. International students representing Bangladesh, Romania, Japan and Nigeria are also among the candidates for graduation. The Fall 2016 class includes seven veterans and 43 individuals will graduate with honors.

Valedictorian for the Fall 2016 Class is Allyssa Dawn Painter of Sissonville, W.Va.  Painter will receive a Bachelor of Science in Education degree, summa cum laude. Her teaching field is Elementary Education K-6.

“Being Concord’s valedictorian means that I have achieved a longtime goal of mine,” she said. “It means a lot to me to prove that it is possible, and I hope that other people also realize that it is entirely possible for them too.  It’s not easy to become valedictorian, and it’s not easy to maintain a 4.0, but it you want it badly enough and try hard enough, it just might come true for you too.”

Following graduation, Painter plans to teach in an elementary classroom in a general education class, a special education class, or a gifted class. She intends to continue her education by obtaining a master’s degree in gifted education.

A reception will be held in the Carter Center small gym following the ceremony.

Concord University’s Technology Services Department is recording the commencement ceremony.   DVDs may be purchased for $20 each and may be ordered the day of the event or by calling 304-384-5126. 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 Campus Beautiful Then and Now” calendars will also be available for $10 each. Proceeds will go toward the Concord Fund.

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.



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.