On Saturday, May 16 at 2 p.m., West Virginia University at Parkersburg will recognize the accomplishments of its graduates at the Spring 2015 commencement ceremony in the College Activities Center. Congressman David McKinley will be the commencement speaker.
The graduating class includes 357 candidates receiving 411 degrees and certificates. More than 170 students are planning to participate in the ceremony, led by WVU Parkersburg President Dr. Fletcher Lamkin. A reception for all graduates and their families will follow.
Recipients of the Faculty of the Year award and Alumnus/Alumna of the Year award will also be announced at the ceremony. This will mark the second year the college has named an alumnus or alumna to accept the prestigious award.
Congressman McKinley, a seventh generation West Virginian and Wheeling native, has had a highly successful career and will bring real world experience to the commencement speech. A graduate of Purdue University’s civil engineering school, McKinley went on to work in the construction industry as a professional engineer before establishing his own architectural and engineering firm; McKinley and Associates.
McKinley was a successful small businessman for over 44 years, created hundreds of jobs and understands the vital role education and entrepreneurship play in creating jobs and strengthening the economy. He was recognized twice by West Virginia Executive Magazine, as one of the 50 most influential people in the state.
McKinley was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the First District of West Virginia in 2010 and re-elected in 2012. As one of two professional engineers in Congress, he has a seat on the Committee on Energy and Commerce.
In addition to the spring commencement ceremony, the Health Sciences Division will host the annual Pinning Ceremony for nursing graduates on Friday, May 15 at 7 p.m. in the College Activities Center. This year’s graduating class of nursing students includes 25 candidates. Students will hear from speaker Bobbie Howard, vice president of patient care services at Marietta Memorial Health System. A reception will follow the ceremony.
“We are so very proud of all our graduates,” said Dr. Fletcher Lamkin, WVU Parkersburg president. “They have worked hard to enrich their lives, enhance their job opportunities and empower themselves, and their families to continue to be successful in a rapidly changing world.”
Photo: December 2014 commencement ceremony