Bernard McDonough Foundation president Robert Boone to speak at commencement

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West Virginia University at Parkersburg will hold its annual fall commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 10:30 a.m. in the College Activities Center. Bob Boone will give the commencement address.

This semester, WVU Parkersburg plans to award 261 certificates, associate and bachelor’s degrees to 241 students. More than 120 students are planning to participate in the graduation ceremony.

Bob Boone will be WVU Parkersburg’s honored commencement speaker. He currently serves as president of the Bernard McDonough Foundation, a private philanthropic foundation located in Parkersburg, W.Va. The McDonough Foundation is committed to providing financial support to assist with basic human needs, including basic health and social welfare. Thanks to a generous gift of $50,000 from the McDonough Foundation, WVU Parkersburg was able to launch its Early College program in 2016.

Boone earned his associate degree from WVU Parkersburg in 1977 when the college was named Parkersburg Community College. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Marshall University in 1979 and received his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license in 1992.

He has worked for the McDonough Corporation for 18 years and held various positions at the organization, including chief financial officer and director of special projects. Prior to joining the McDonough Corporation, Boone worked in several public accounting firms over his 38-year career and also owned and operated a medical billing company.

He was named Outstanding CPA in Business & Industry in 2001 by the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. Boone has also served on various local non-profit boards and currently serves on the Investment Committee of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and the board of Philanthropy West Virginia.

“We are thrilled to have Mr. Boone on campus to speak at commencement and share the importance of community involvement,” said Dr. Jane Milley, WVU Parkersburg interim president. “We want to encourage our graduates to use the skills and knowledge they’ve gained during their time at WVU-P to become leaders and contributors in their communities.”

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