More than 1,500 to graduate from Marshall May 11

MCapMore than 1,500 students will graduate Saturday, May 11, in a pair of commencement ceremonies at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

Marshall will conduct two commencements for the second consecutive year. The 9 a.m. ceremony is for undergraduates, and a 2 p.m. ceremony the same day is for graduate students.

Registrar Roberta Ferguson said the decision to split commencement into two events last year was a popular one and both ceremonies went smoothly.

“We received excellent feedback from last year and the overwhelming opinion was good,” Ferguson said. “Two shorter ceremonies rather than one very long one makes it easier on the graduates and their families and friends. With this format we can still honor each graduate individually without taking too long.”

Among the 1,507 students receiving degrees are 986 undergraduates, 439  graduate students and 72 from the School of Medicine. The commencement ceremony is for tentative May 2013 graduates only. Ferguson said she expects about 650 undergraduates and 175 graduate students to take part in their respective ceremonies.

Ferguson said 516 students will graduate with honors. One hundred fifty-nine will graduate summa cum laude (3.85 to 4.0 GPA), 139 magna cum laude (3.6 to 3.84 GPA), and 208 cum laude (3.3 to  3.59). Ten students receiving associate degrees 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.

During the morning ceremony, Marshall will recognize its graduating honor students. Based on tentative grade point averages, 16 students will complete their baccalaureate degrees with perfect GPAs.

James C. Smith, president and CEO of Thomson Reuters and a 1981 MU graduate, will deliver the keynote speech in the morning ceremony. Dr. Donna Spindel, dean of the Marshall Graduate College, will speak in the afternoon ceremony.

Here is a list of remaining commencement-related events:

May 8

7 p.m., Fraternity and sorority life graduation celebration, Memorial Student Center plaza


May 9

6 p.m., Mid-Ohio Valley Center nursing recognition ceremony for BSN graduates, at MOVC campus

6 p.m., College of Education ceremony for master’s and bachelor’s degree recipients, Memorial Student Center, Don Morris Room

7 p.m., Graduate School of Education and Professional Development hooding ceremony, Emmanuel Baptist Church

May 10

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

1 p.m., Forsensic Science Center open house, 1401 Forensic Science Dr.

2 p.m., Political Science hooding ceremony, Shawkey Dining Room

4 p.m., Clinical Lab Sciences and Dietetics Department recognition ceremony, Memorial Student Center, BE 5

4:30 p.m., H.E.L.P. Program graduation ceremony, Myers Hall, Heiner’s Study Room

5 p.m., Yeager Medallion Ceremony, Drinko Library, third-floor atrium

6 p.m., W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications spring banquet, Marshall University Foundation Hall

7 p.m., School of Medicine Investiture, Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center

7 p.m., College of Health Professions nursing recognition ceremony, Christ Temple Church, 2400 Johnstown Rd.

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

May 11

9 a.m., Marshall University’s 176th commencement ceremony for undergraduates, Big Sandy Superstore Arena

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

Immediately following morning commencement, College of Fine Arts post-graduation brunch, The Palms

2 p.m., Marshall University’s commencement for graduate students, Big Sandy Superstore Arena

4 p.m., Forensic Science graduation reception, Memorial Student Center, BE 5

4:30 p.m., College of Science hooding ceremony, Smith Hall 154


Commencement notes

  • Marshall will produce a DVD of the commencement ceremonies for purchase at $20 per copy. Orders may be submitted using the order form on the registrar’s office website ( In addition, orders will be accepted at the arena May 11. The MU Alumni Association will process the DVD orders.
  • Marshall will provide shuttle buses to transport graduates and guests to the arena. Graduates and guests are encouraged to park on university lots at the 6th Avenue Parking Facility, the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, Joan C. Edwards Stadium or across from Smith Hall (Lot F). Shuttle service will begin at 7:45 a.m. for the 9 a.m. ceremony and at noon for the 2 p.m. ceremony. After commencement, buses will transport passengers back to campus.
  • Legacy Photographics will take photographs of the graduates, then send proof information to graduates using e-mail addresses a few days after the ceremony. Purchase of photographs is optional.


Visit the new Marshall University commencement site at