Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications (304) 696-7153

173rd Marshall University commencement set for May 8

About 700 graduates to take part in ceremony at Big Sandy Superstore Arena

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Nearly 1,400 students will graduate from Marshall University on Saturday, May 8 when the university celebrates its 173rd commencement at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena. The ceremony begins at 9 a.m.

Among the 1,389 students receiving degrees are 818 undergraduates and 468 graduate students, 62 from the School of Medicine and 41 who will receive associate degrees.

The commencement ceremony is for tentative May 2010 graduates only. Past spring commencements included summer and December graduates from the previous year, but Marshall University conducted a winter commencement for those graduates in December 2009.

Registrar Roberta Ferguson said about 700 students have indicated they plan to participate in the commencement ceremony.

Ferguson said 355 students will graduate with honors. Seventy will graduate summa cum laude (3.85 to 4.0 GPA), 120 magna cum laude (3.6 to 3.84 GPA), and 158 cum laude (3.3 to 3.59 GPA). Two students receiving associate degrees will graduate with high honors, and five associate degree recipients will graduate with honors.

Marshall will continue a practice that began in 2006 of recognizing individually each graduate who attends commencement. Each graduate will walk to the area in front of the stage, where his or her name will be announced and he or she will receive congratulations and a representative scroll from the Marshall Alumni Association.

Marshall also will recognize its graduating honor students during commencement. Based on tentative grade point averages calculated through seven semesters, 15 students will complete their baccalaureate degrees with perfect 4.0 GPAs.

The 15 with tentative 4.0s are Kathleen Correll Brown of Huntington, W.Va.; Maggie Elizabeth Chenoweth of Barboursville, W.Va.; Sarah Marie Clemins of Oak Hill, W.Va.; Kayla Mae Davis of Oak Hill, Ohio; Sarah Elizabeth DeYoung of Martinsburg, W.Va.; Alicia Kathleen Hess of Hedgesville, W.Va.; Sammy Samir Hodroge of Charleston, W.Va.; Ashley Brianne Litchfield of Point Pleasant, W.Va.; Sarah Katherine Moore of Akron, Ohio; Khoa Dang Nguyen of Huntington, W.Va.; Sean Gregory Pauley of Barboursville, W.Va.; Kelcey Elaine Perkins of South Point, Ohio; Rebecca Marie Ragland of Georgetown, Ky.; Elizabeth Diane Truex of Tallmadge, Ohio; and Mark Andrew Upton of Ballard, W.Va.

CNN News Correspondent Sean Callebs, a 1983 Marshall graduate, will deliver the commencement address and receive the John Marshall Medal For Civic Responsibility.

Here is a list of upcoming commencement-related events: 

Today, Wednesday, April 28

6:30 p.m., second annual College of Information Technology and Engineering senior recognition ceremony and reception, Memorial Student Center, Don Morris Room 

Thursday, April 29

4 p.m., Donning of Kente Celebration of Achievement, Buskirk Field

Wednesday, May 5

7 p.m., Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Investiture (30th graduating class), Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center

Thursday, May 6

6 p.m., Mid-Ohio Valley Center nursing graduation reception, American Legion Post 23, 100 2nd Street in Point Pleasant

Friday, May 7

11 a.m., ROTC commissioning ceremony, Memorial Student Center, BE 5

11 a.m., LEAP Intensive English Program graduation ceremony, Memorial Student Center, Shawkey Dining Room

3 p.m., International students graduation celebration, Memorial Student Center plaza

4 p.m., Clinical Lab Sciences and Dietetics Department graduation reception, Memorial Student Center, Marco’s

5 p.m., Honors College’s Society of Yeager Scholars Medallion Ceremony, Drinko Library, third-floor atrium

5 p.m., H.E.L.P. Program graduation ceremony, Myers Hall, 520 18th St

5:30 p.m., W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications banquet for seniors and graduates, Marshall University Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center

6 p.m., PsyD Doctoral graduation reception, Memorial Student Center, John Marshall Dining Room

7 p.m., College of Health Professions’ nursing recognition ceremony, Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center

7 p.m., College of Health Professions, St. Mary’s Medical Center School of Nursing Recognition and Pinning Ceremony, Highlawn Baptist Church  

7 p.m., College of Education and Human Services hooding ceremony, Cam Henderson Center

Saturday, May 8

9 a.m., Marshall University’s 173rd commencement, Big Sandy Superstore Arena

Immediately following Marshall’s commencement, College of Fine Arts post-graduation brunch, an invitation event at The Palms (Century Building), 314 9th St. Plaza

Immediately following Marshall’s commencement, College of Information Technology and Engineering graduation reception, Arthur Weisberg Family Engineering Laboratories

Immediately following Marshall’s commencement, Communication Disorders graduation reception, Smith Hall 143

1 p.m., College of Science Convocation, Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center

1 p.m., Forensic Science graduate program reception, Forensic Science Center

1 p.m., College of Health Professions Department of Social Work recognition ceremony, Prichard Hall 324

1:30 p.m., Lewis College of Business graduation celebration, Christ Temple Church, 2400 Johnstown Rd.

4 p.m., Graduate School of Education and Professional Development hooding ceremony, South Charleston High School, 1 Eagle Way, South Charleston

Main commencement notes:

For further information, contact:  Office of University Communications
Marshall University | 213 Old Main | Huntington, WV 25755-1090
Fax: (304) 696-3197