West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s Fall 2013 commencement was held Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. in the College Activities Center. Commencement speaker was Camden Clark president and CEO Mike King, and the honorary degree recipient was David McKain.
McKain is a volunteer and co-founder of the West Virginia Oil and Gas Museum. He is the co-author with Bernard Allen of “Where it All Began” and the author of “Northwestern Virginia and the Civil War.” He is also president and owner of the Acme Fishing Tool Company and was chairman of the Civil War Roundtable which commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
McKain has been credited for the addition of the museum annex and the visitors’ center at the historic Rathbone Well at Burning Springs. He has also spent hour inventorying, documenting and verifying documents, furnishings, and artwork at Henderson Hall Plantation in Williamstown. McKain has a bachelor’s degree in political science from West Virginia University and has completed master’s degree coursework in management and economics from George Washington University.
“I cannot think of anyone more deserving of such an honor as Dave,” said WVU Parkersburg professor emeritus Dr. Bernard Allen. “His contributions to the preservation of the history of the region that the college serves are legendary and cannot be exceeded. They more than likely will not be exceeded in the future. The establishment of the Oil and Gas Museum, the authorship of significant historical literature, and his on-going work at Henderson Hall comprise some of the evidence of his positive impact.”
WVU Parkersburg’s Fall 2013 graduating class included 261 candidates for graduation receiving approximately 294 degrees and certificates. Participating in the ceremony were 150 members of the graduating class.