Countdown to Commencement attracts record 703 prospective graduates

The Countdown to Commencement, an annual two-day event designed to assist those participating in commencement, attracted a record number of tentative graduates to this year’s event, which took place March 11-12 in the Memorial Student Center.

Registrar Roberta Ferguson called this year’s Countdown to Commencement ceremony “our most successful event ever.” She said 395 tentative graduates attended the March 11 event, and 308 attended March 12, bringing the overall total to 703. Marshall has been conducting Countdown to Commencement since 2007.

“Graduation is the culmination of the efforts and sacrifices of our students and their families,” Ferguson said. “I am so thankful that we share a deep commitment to make commencement and related activities memorable for our graduates and their families.”

Marshall will have two commencement ceremonies on May 10. The associate and bachelor’s degree ceremony starts at 9 a.m., with the ceremony for master’s and doctoral degree candidates beginning at 2 p.m.

“We were pleased with the number of parents who attended with prospective graduates,” Ferguson said. “All in all, it was a highly successful event.”