Marshall to graduate 1,642 students in commencement ceremonies May 9

More than 1,600 Marshall University students will graduate Saturday, May 9, in a pair of commencement ceremonies at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in downtown Huntington.

For the fourth consecutive year, Marshall will conduct two commencement ceremonies on the same day. The 9 a.m. ceremony is for bachelor’s and associate degree candidates, and a 2 p.m. ceremony the same day is for master’s and doctoral degree candidates. Among the 1,642 students receiving degrees are 1,077 undergraduates, 476 graduate students, 64 students from the School of Medicine and 25 from the School of Physical Therapy’s inaugural class.

Marshall Registrar Roberta Ferguson said 468 students will graduate with honors. Eighty-four will graduate summa cum laude (3.85 to 4.0 GPA), 145 magna cum laude (3.6 to 3l.84 GPA) and 226 cum laude (3.3 to 3.59 GPA). Thirteen students receiving associate degrees will graduate with honors.

Interim President Gary G. White will preside at both ceremonies.

Paula George Tompkins, a 1970 Marshall graduate and owner/founder of ChannelNet, will be the keynote speaker during the morning ceremony. ChannelNet is a highly successful digital marketing and sales firm.

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 White 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, 12 students will complete their baccalaureate degrees with perfect GPAs.

Here is a list of the remaining commencement week events:

Wednesday, May 6

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

Thursday, May 7

5:30 p.m., Cookout for the School of Medicine Class of 2015, Cabell County 4-H Camp and Conference Center

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

Friday, May 8

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

3 p.m., Exercise Physiology Recognition Ceremony, Cam Henderson Center 2013

3:30 p.m., Communication Disorders Senior Reception, in Smith Hall 154

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

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

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

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

5:30 p.m., 2015 School of Journalism and Mass Communications Spring Ceremony, Evelyn Smith Recital Hall; reception to follow in Smith Hall Atrium

6 p.m., College of Education and Professional Development recognition ceremony, Foundation Hall

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, Pinning Ceremony, First Baptist Church of Proctorville

Saturday, May 9

8 a.m., Mission MPossible 5k Run and Walk, Ritter Park (benefits the annual medical missions trip to Honduras)

9 a.m., Marshall University’s 178th commencement ceremony for undergraduates, Big Sandy Superstore Arena

10 a.m., Doctor of Physical Therapy Inaugural Class of 2015 awards ceremony, School of Physical Therapy, St. Mary’s Conference Center, 2847 5th Ave.

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 ceremony for graduate students, Big Sandy Superstore Arena

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