West Virginia University at Parkersburg held its fall commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 10:30 a.m. This semester, WVU Parkersburg plans to award 261 certificates, associate and bachelor’s degrees to 241 students. More than 120 students participated in the graduation ceremony.
Dr. Jane Milley, interim president for WVU Parkersburg, gave the opening remarks and introductions. She encouraged students to continue learning as they move on to their next goals.
“Today we celebrate with you a milestone in your journey through life and an education that will serve you as you develop and build your life and career,” said Milley. “Even though you are graduating today, this is a step, not the end. This is one of many milestones you will experience. Remember, we are here to support you as alumni as we have supported you as students.”
Greetings were presented by Sam Winans, chairperson for the WVU Parkersburg Board of Governors, and Austin Grimmett, Student Government president. Bob Boone, president of the Bernard McDonough Foundation, served as WVU Parkersburg’s honored commencement speaker.
“As a graduate of West Virginia University at Parkersburg, I encourage you to seek opportunities to make a difference,” said Boone. “There are so many opportunities right here in the Mid-Ohio Valley. You can use your personal strengths and passions to help others. Just take a moment and think about what area of society can benefit from your skills and passions. Nonprofit organizations in this country are in desperate need of leadership, and it will be up to your generation to provide that leadership.”
You can watch the live recording of the ceremony here.