Concord University Holds Twentieth Fall Commencement

For Immediate Release: 
Dec 08 2018

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Concord University

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CONCORD UNIVERSITY HOLDS TWENTIETH FALL COMMENCEMENT

 

Candidates for graduation – both graduate and undergraduate – are included at the end of this file.

 

ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University held its Twentieth Fall Commencement today, (Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018) in the Leslie R. and Ruby Webb Carter Center. The ceremony began at 11 a.m. in the main gym.

           

Twenty-eight graduate candidates and 104 undergraduate candidates meeting requirements for graduation participated.

           

Along with candidates for graduation from West Virginia, candidates from out-of-state represent Virginia, North Carolina, California, Delaware, Maine, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland and Washington.

           

International students representing Liberia, Germany, Vietnam and Nepal are also among the candidates for graduation. The Fall 2018 class includes three veterans and 35 individuals graduated with honors.

           

Valedictorian for the Fall 2018 class is Suzette Yvonne Parks of Lerona, WV. Ms. Parks received a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree, Summa Cum Laude. She majored in Early Childhood Education.

           

Two alumni of Concord received honorary degrees during the ceremony. Evelyn Lilly Blake, a 1942 graduate, and Donald R. Holcomb, who graduated in 1979, were both awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities, honoris causa. They were honored for their career achievements, community involvement and philanthropic spirit.

           

Mrs. Blake majored in biology at Concord and pursued a career in education. She has graciously given back to her alma mater by financially supporting study and research in science at the University. Her generosity has also helped the marching band purchase new uniforms and will assist in upgrading science labs and facilities.

           

Mr. Holcomb studied business at Concord, majoring in accounting and management. A successful businessman, he is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. His generous donations to the University have included support for scholarships and athletics, along with major contributions to the President’s House restoration and track renovation projects.

           

Concord University President Kendra Boggess issued the welcome. Greetings from the Concord University Board of Governors were delivered by Mr. David Barnette, chair of the Board of Governors. Dr. William Williams, faculty president, offered greetings on behalf of the faculty. Greetings from the Alumni Association were brought by Mrs. Susan Tuck, president of the Alumni Association. Ms. Haley Fields, president of the Student Government Association, delivered greetings from the Student Government Association.

           

The Concord University Band and the ConChords provided musical selections. A reception was held in the Carter Center small gym following the ceremony.

           

Concord University’s Technology Services Department recorded the commencement ceremony.   DVDs may be ordered for $20 each or Blu-Rays for $25 by calling 304-384-5126, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Orders will be shipped within four to six weeks of commencement.

 

THREE PHOTOS ATTACHED BELOW

 

Valedictorian Suzette Yvonne Parks

 

Honorary doctorate recipient Evelyn Lilly Blake,

a 1942 graduate of Concord, shown with President Kendra Boggess

 

 

Honorary doctorate recipient Donald R. Holcomb,

who graduated from Concord in 1979, shown with President Kendra Boggess

 

 

MASTER’S CANDIDATES FOR GRADUATION:

 

WEST VIRGINIA:

 

BELINGTON: Rebecca Lynn Lambert, Master of Social Work

BLUEFIELD: Stephanie Ashley Jeffery, Master of Education

BRADLEY: Elizabeth Faith Bowyer, Master of Arts in Teaching

BURNSVILLE: Benjamin Legg, Master of Social Work

HINTON: Felisha Mae Hartwell, Master of Social Work

HUNTINGTON: Cassady Elizabeth Berry, Master of Education; Lindsay Rose Christian, Master of Education; Lori Michelle Suttle, Master of Social Work

JESSE: Adam Paul Perdue, Master of Arts in Teaching

JOLO: Miranda Ann Mullins, Master of Social Work

JULIAN: Laura Gayle Whitman-Workman, Master of Social Work

KENNA: Stephanie Lynn Brown, Master of Social Work

LESTER: Lynette Raye Farr, Master of Arts in Teaching

LEWISBURG: Sarah Beth Payne, Master of Social Work

LINDSIDE: Iwona Broyles, Master of Arts in Teaching

MOUNT ZION: Kelley Ann Cain, Master of Social Work

NIMITZ: Justin Ray Pugh, Master of Education

PETERSTOWN: Sarah Shaun Worth, Master of Education

PRINCETON: Eppie James Saunders, Master of Social Work; Amber Dawn Tilley, Master of Education

ROCK: Tracey Leigh O’Donnell, Master of Arts in Teaching

SANDYVILLE: Cathy Jo Richards, Master of Social Work

WASHINGTON: Jodi Suzanne Null, Master of Social Work

WELCH: Stephanie Susann Carbaugh, Master of Arts in Teaching

 

OUT-OF-STATE:

 

CROFTON, MARYLAND: Glenna Mae Miller, Master of Social Work

ELIZABETH CITY, NORTH CAROLINA: Wesley D. Young, Master of Education

IRONTON, OHIO: Jessica N. Hankins, Master of Social Work

CATAWBA, VIRGINIA: Martha Louise Garman, Master of Education

 

UNDERGRADUATE CANDIDATES FOR GRADUATION:

 

WEST VIRGINIA:

 

ALDERSON: Christina Noel Goins, Bachelor of Science

ANSTED: Susan Rene' Nickell, Regents Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude

ATHENS: Jessica Ann Pennington, Regents Bachelor of Arts

BEAVER: Brianna Jean Duckworth, Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts, Summa Cum Laude

BECKLEY: Samantha Erin Elkins, Regents Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude; Sydni Elyse Evans, Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude; Allison Faith Ferguson, Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude;

Ashley Berniece Foster, Regents Bachelor of Arts; Jordan Michele Hosey, Bachelor of Science;

Emily Nicole Lane, Bachelor of Science in Education; Daniel Allison Smith, Bachelor of Science; Christopher Wayne Toney, Regents Bachelor of Arts

BLUEFIELD: Nicholas James Bailey, Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude; Tayla Dawn Cline, Bachelor of Science; Imani Dannielle Cummings, Regents Bachelor of Arts; Bethany Marie Evans, Bachelor of Science; Megan Amanda Whitt, Regents Bachelor of Arts; Tiffany Nichole Wimmer, Bachelor of Science

BRADLEY: Mary Elizabeth Harris, Regents Bachelor of Arts

BRUCETON MILLS: Megan Lynn Stemple, Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude

CALDWELL: Rachel Michelle O’Dell, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Cum Laude

CAMP CREEK: Jacob Eli Meadows, Bachelor of Science in Education, Cum Laude, Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude

CHARLESTON: Zachary James Malone, Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Tourism Management; John Hudson Skidmore, Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Tourism Management

CLINTONVILLE: Greta Mae Davis, Regents Bachelor of Arts

CRAB ORCHARD: Phillip Michael Delgrande, Bachelor of Science in Education; Jacob Mark Trump, Bachelor of Science

CRAIGSVILLE: Chelsie Ann Holcomb, Bachelor of Science in Education, Cum Laude

DANIELS: Kevin Scott Crouse, Regents Bachelor of Arts; Kristi Lynn Radford, Bachelor of Science

FAYETTEVILLE: Sara Donielle Bibb, Bachelor of Science, With Honors in Studio Art; Amanda Jean Duncan, Bachelor of Social Work

FLAT TOP: Matthew E. Ellison, Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude

FRANKFORD: Carla Renee Moyer, Regents Bachelor of Arts

GLEN DANIEL: Jessica Brianne Ellis, Bachelor of Science in Education, Cum Laude

GREENVILLE: Zachariah Joel Elmore, Bachelor of Science in Education; Allison Richelle Lowe, Bachelor of Science

HINTON: Jillian Ann Duncan, Regents Bachelor of Arts; Amanda Renee Sampson, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Laura Anne Shrewsbury, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

HUNTINGTON: Rebecca Nicole Britton, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geosciences

JUMPING BRANCH: Jenna Rose Cantley, Bachelor of Science in Education, Magna Cum Laude

KEGLEY: Joshua Broc Roberts, Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Tourism Management

LERONA: Jonathan Ray Keaton, Bachelor of Science; Suzette Yvonne Parks, Regents Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude; Keri Lee Svendsen, Bachelor of Science

LESTER: Rachel Sydney Stevens, Bachelor of Science

LEWISBURG: Amy Joan Ahern, Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts; Kelley Kirk, Regents Bachelor of Arts; Hannah Nicole Walsh, Bachelor of Science in Education

LINDSIDE: Oral Ryan Frazier, Bachelor of Arts

MABSCOTT: Cameron Blake Gunnoe, Regents Bachelor of Arts

MEADOW BRIDGE: Allison Nicole Gilkerson, Bachelor of Science in Education, Magna Cum Laude; Kaitlyn LeeAnn Killen, Bachelor of Science in Education, Magna Cum Laude

MOUNT HOPE: Donovann Patrick Lyall, Bachelor of Science; Kelli Marie Martin, Bachelor of Science in Education, Cum Laude

OAK HILL: Ashley Renee Calvert, Bachelor of Science

OCEANA: Anthony Jacob Foltz, Bachelor of Science in Education

PINEY VIEW: Hannah Christine Barker, Bachelor of Social Work, Summa Cum Laude

PIPESTEM: Madeline Marie Lester, Bachelor of Science

PRINCETON: Kristie Lynn Barnette, Regents Bachelor of Arts; Jordan RaeAnn Blankenship, Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude; Alexander James Broyles, Bachelor of Science; Brittany Nicole Coeburn, Bachelor of Science in Education, Magna Cum Laude; Faith Danielle Desarae Endicott, Regents Bachelor of Arts; Olivia Kaye Grondzik, Bachelor of Science in Education, Magna Cum Laude, Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude; Candace Jade Harless, Bachelor of Social Work; Kristin Leigh Johnson, Bachelor of Science in Education, Magna Cum Laude, Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude; Tana Nicole Miller, Regents Bachelor of Arts; Moustapha Charles Seye, Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude; Emily Megan Stock, Regents Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude; Amanda Kay Via, Regents Bachelor of Arts; Robin Lynne White, Regents Bachelor of Arts; Melinda J. Young, Regents Bachelor of Arts

RAVENSWOOD: Skyla Shyan Sturgill, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

RAYSAL: Erin Stacy Puckett, Bachelor of Science in Education

SCARBRO: Travis Andrew Moeller, Bachelor of Science in Education

SHADY SPRING: Brittany Rae Bragg, Bachelor of Science in Education; Tyler Tristan Green, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geosciences, Magna Cum Laude; Jacqulyn Suzanne Merie Gross, Bachelor of Science; Brittany Nicole Haney, Regents Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude; James Douglas Hatcher, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Haley Elizabeth Rudd, Bachelor of Science in Education

WALTON: Moryan Michelle Paxton, Regents Bachelor of Arts

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS: Christina Michelle Bostic, Regents Bachelor of Arts; Allicia Dawn Glover, Regents Bachelor of Arts

 

OUT-OF-STATE:

 

MARINA, CALIFORNIA: Andrew Ray Jakubowsky, Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude

NEW CASTLE, DELAWARE: Alycea Jalene Watson, Bachelor of Science in Education, Cum Laude

OAKLAND, MAINE: Pilar Shakila Elias, Bachelor of Science, With Honors in Sociology (Criminology Emphasis)

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA: Daniel Stephen Gilbert, Bachelor of Science

GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA: Jamal Arthur Petty, Bachelor of Science

WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA: Taylor Victoria Babbis, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

REYNOLDSBURG, OHIO: Babe Alexander Murphy, Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts

BEDFORD, PENNSYLVANIA: Marc Anthony Williams, Bachelor of Science

BLUEFIELD, VIRGINIA: Mark Edward Large, Bachelor of Science in Education

CEDAR BLUFF, VIRGINIA: Rodney Michael Miller, Regents Bachelor of Arts

CHRISTIANSBURG, VIRGINIA: Kaylee Nichole Taylor, Bachelor of Science in Education, Cum Laude

COVINGTON, VIRGINIA: Derek Stone Dressler, Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Tourism Management, Cum Laude

FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA: Kendall Dale Cogar, Bachelor of Science, With Honors in Sociology (Criminology Emphasis)

KIRKLAND, WASHINGTON: Keanna Ann Johnson, Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts

 

INTERNATIONAL:

 

BERLIN, GERMANY: Vincent Beaujean, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Cum Laude

MONROVIA, LIBERIA: Bropleh Kanteah, Regents Bachelor Of Arts

POKHARA, KASKI, NEPAL: Sushmita Thapa, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Summa Cum Laude

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM: Yen Hong Bao Nguyen, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Summa Cum Laude

 

 

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