Winter commencement honors more than 1,200 MU graduates

0397-X3Marshall University honored graduates from July and August 2013 and students who are tentatively scheduled to graduate this month at the annual Winter Commencement Sunday, Dec. 15, at Cam Henderson Center.

Among the 1,209 students who received or are about to receive degrees are 763 undergraduates and 433 with graduate degrees. More than 400 students participated in the ceremony. They received congratulations from President Stephen J. Kopp and were presented with a scroll by their academic dean.

Registrar Roberta Ferguson said 193 students graduated with honors. Twelve graduated summa cum laude (3.85 to 4.0 GPA), 58 magna cum laude (3.6 to 3.84 GPA), and 107 cum laude (3.3 to 3.59 GPA).

Three students receiving associate degrees will graduate with high honors, and 13 associate degree recipients will graduate with honors.

Based on tentative grade point averages, five students completed their baccalaureate degrees with perfect 4.0 GPAs. They are Sarah Michelle Barber of St. Albans, W.Va.; Emily L. Ginther of South Charleston, W.Va.; Matthew Morgan Sandy of Vienna, W.Va.; Morgan Shay Smith of Huntington and Sara Elizabeth Vinson of Amelia, Ohio.

Marshall began conducting a winter graduation ceremony in 2008 with a convocation at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center. The speaker was Dr. Montserrat Miller, a professor of history. Winter commencement began in 2009 and the tradition of having an MU professor deliver the keynote address continued.

This year’s speaker was Dr. Kateryna Schray, an English professor and the Marshall University Charles E. Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award Recipient for 2012-2013.

Previous commencement speakers were Dr. Simon Perry, professor of political science, in 2009; Dr. Bonita Lawrence, professor of mathematics, in 2010; Dr. Jamie Warner, professor of political science, in 2011, and Dan Hollis, associate professor of journalism and mass communications, in 2012.

Schray has been at Marshall since 1996, when she was hired as an assistant professor of English.

Schray previously received the Pickens-Queen Excellence in Teaching Award in 2000 and the Reynolds Outstanding Teaching Award in 2009.

Schray earned her Ph.D. in Medieval Literature from the University of North Carolina in 1997. She received her bachelor’s degree from La Salle University and her master’s from Georgetown University. She is coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Marshall.


Photo: Dr. Kateryna Schray, professor of English, addresses the graduates at commencement Dec. 15.