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|May 27, 2011
WVU Parkersburg awards 50 honorary Bachelor of Arts degrees in celebration of the college's golden anniversary.
CONTACT: WVU Parkersburg President Marie Foster Gnage, 304-424-8200.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
In celebration of its 50th anniversary, West Virginia University at Parkersburg is awarding 50 honorary Bachelor of Arts degrees.
The WVU at Parkersburg Board of Governors approved the granting of the degrees as part of a year-long observance commemorating the college's founding 50 years ago.
An "Evening of Honor" was held at the college recently to recognize those receiving the honorary degrees. The Honorary Class of 2011 was presented by Rhonda Tracy, senior vice president for academic affairs, with the degrees conferred by WVU Parkersburg President Marie Foster Gnage. Joe Campbell, chair of the college's Board of Governors, offered congratulations on behalf of the board.
Those receiving honorary degrees during the program included Donna J. Boley, Charles Casto, Betty Chilton, Billy L. Coffindaffer, Robert D'Avria, H. Smoot Fahlgren, Patsy A. Hardy, Abigail S. Hayhurst, Felice Jorgensen, George A. Kellenberger, Michael A. King, Gerald E. Lang, Admiral T. Joseph Lopez, USN (Ret.), James M. McCutcheon, James P. Mylott, Robert D. Newell, William A. Niday, Holmes R. Shaver, Robert W. Stephens, Jr., and Daniel B. Wharton.
Others who will receive their honorary degrees at a later date include: Richard M. Adams, Joseph L. Badgley, Elmer Blankman, Neil S. Bucklew, W. Gaston Caperton III, James P. Clements, Jimmy E. Colombo, Linda Dickirson, Charles F. Erickson, Harry Esbenshade Jr., William P. “Pat” Getty, Kay Goodwin, Susan B. Hardesty, Sister Jane Harrington, James B. Hayhurst, Jr., Byron N. McClenney, Michael J. Matheny, Joyce Mather, C. Peter Magrath, Gayle C. Manchin, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, Eldon L. Miller, Alan B. Mollohan, U.S. Representative Shelley Moore Capito, Dennis C. Pence, U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller, Samuel B. Ross II, Susan S. Ross, Randall E. Snider, and Robert H. Stauffer.
WVU Parkersburg began as a branch of WVU in 1961. It has grown to be the fourth largest college in West Virginia and the state's largest community college.