WVU Parkersburg to hold 47th annual spring commencement with guest speaker Senator Manchin

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West Virginia University at Parkersburg will hold its 47th annual spring commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 5 at 10:30 a.m. in the College Activities Center. United States Senator Joe Manchin will give the commencement address.

This semester, WVU Parkersburg will award 387 certificates, associate and bachelor’s degrees to over 300 students, pending final grades. More than 140 students are planning to participate in the ceremony, including international students from Lithuania and Nigeria.

Senator Manchin will return to the campus to serve as commencement speaker, marking his third visit over the past year.

Manchin co-hosted the MOV Career fair with WVU Parkersburg in partnership with WorkForce West Virginia, the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley, Results Radio, the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance, and the Workforce Development Board Mid-Ohio Valley in October 2017. The event brought over 100 area businesses and 600 job seekers to the campus. In April 2017, the Senator hosted a town hall meeting on campus to discuss the state’s current issues with local residents, community and business leaders.

At this commencement, WVU Parkersburg will also announce the Bernard P. McDonough Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year, and award emeritus status to past faculty and staff. Nominations for the Bernard P. McDonough Outstanding Faculty Member are from the campus community and submitted based on an individual’s contribution in service to the students, institution, community, and for professional activities and personal growth.

The WVU Parkersburg emeritus award recipients at this ceremony include:

  • William Brown, professor of engineering technology, following 17 years of service;
  • Stan Coberly, professor of English, following 42 years of service; and
  • Dave White, Director of Facilities and Grounds, following 19 years of service.

Our Alumnus of the Year, David Traugh, will also be recognized during commencement.

“Mr. Traugh is an excellent example of an individual who received an associate degree at WVU Parkersburg and went on to find success in his field of study,” said Humanities, Fine Arts and Social Sciences Division Chair Dr. Torie Jackson. “What is exciting for this institution is that he is bringing back his many successful years of experience to help build curriculum in our growing communication and media studies program.”

Traugh is an Emmy award-winning film and television composer, and is best known for his work on the music of “Wild Things” and the TV show “King of Queens.”

“I am delighted to have Senator Manchin as our distinguished commencement speaker this year and also to honor a large number of WVU Parkersburg graduates,” said Dr. Jane Milley, interim president for WVU Parkersburg.

Senator Manchin will be on campus again Friday, September 28, for the next MOV Career Fair. Visit www.wvup.edu for more information about this event and others at WVU Parkersburg.

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