More than 1,500 to graduate from Marshall Saturday

CommencementSlide_Sp2014_finalMore than 1,500 students will graduate from Marshall University Saturday, May 10, in a pair of commencement ceremonies at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in downtown Huntington.

For the third consecutive year, Marshall will conduct two commencements. The 9 a.m. ceremony is for undergraduates, and a 2 p.m. ceremony the same day is for graduate students. Among the 1,528 students receiving degrees are 1,039 undergraduates, 426 graduate students and 63 from the School of Medicine.

Registrar Roberta Ferguson said 438 students will graduate with honors. Seventy-two will graduate summa cum laude (3.85 to 4.0 GPA), 138 magna cum laude (3.6 to 3.84 GPA), and 216 cum laude (3.3 to 3.59 GPA). Three students receiving associate degrees will graduate with high honors and nine receiving associate degrees will graduate with honors.

A large crowd is expected, based on the number of graduates that have indicated they will attend.

“At our annual Countdown to Commencement, we had 703 tentative graduates attend, which is the most we have ever had,” said Ferguson. ‘So, we are looking for a big crowd at commencement.”

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 from President Stephen J. Kopp 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, 19 students will complete their baccalaureate degrees with perfect GPAs.

Also, the  Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine will mark its Doctoral Investiture and Medical School Commencement at 7 p.m., Friday, May 9 at the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center.    Dr. Robert C. Gallo, co-discoverer of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) which causes AIDS, will be the featured speaker. Gallo’s pioneering research in retrovirology also led to the discovery of a virus that causes one form of leukemia.     Gallo will be presented with an honorary Doctor of Science degree.   A reception for the students and their families is scheduled in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center following the ceremony.

Other graduation activities for the School of Medicine include the 16th Annual Golf Classic for the Class of 2014  at Silo in Lavalette  held yesterday  and the annual Senior Awards Ceremony at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 7 in the Byrd Clinical Center Auditorium.

Here is a list of some of the remaining commencement-related events:


Wednesday, May 7

3:30 p.m., annual School of Medicine senior awards ceremony in the Byrd Clinical Center Auditorium


Thursday, May 8

7 p.m., College of Education and Professional Development hooding ceremony, St. Albans High School

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


Friday, May 9

1 p.m., MU Forensic Science Open House, 1401 Forensic Science Dr., Huntington; event is open to the public.

4 p.m., H.E.L.P. Program graduation ceremony, Myers Hall

4 p.m., Clinical Lab Sciences and Dietetics Department recognition ceremony, Marshall University Physical Therapy Department, in the St. Mary’s building on 5th Avenue

5 p.m., College Program for Students with Asperger Syndrome (CPSAS) graduation reception, Old Main 315

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

6:30 p.m., School of Journalism and Mass Communication spring banquet, Memorial Student Center, Room BE-5

7 p.m., Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Doctoral Investiture and commencement, Keith Albee Performing Arts Center

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, First Baptist Church of Proctorville


May 10

9 a.m., Marshall University’s 177th commencement ceremony for undergraduates, Big Sandy Superstore Arena

11:30 a.m., or, immediately following morning commencement, College of Information Technology and Engineering graduation reception, Arthur Weisberg Family Engineering Laboratories

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

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

5 p.m., Forensic Science Hooding and Graduation Reception, BE-5, Memorial Student Center; event is closed to the public.


Commencement notes

  • Marshall University 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 10. 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.