West Virginia Universitys Eberly College of Arts and Sciences will honor one of its distinguished graduates Saturday, Feb. 7.

Thomas E. Potter of Charleston will speak at the Eberly Colleges annual Certificate of Achievement Ceremony at 2 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. During the ceremony, M. Duane Nellis, dean of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, will present Potter with an Alumni Recognition Award.

This event is free and open to the public.

Potter, a retired partner in the law firm of Jackson Kelly, received a bachelors degree in political science from WVU in 1955 and graduated from the WVU College of Law in 1957. In addition to his work at Jackson Kelly, Potter served eight years in the West Virginia Legislature and as chairman of the Republican State Executive Committee. He is a recipient of WVU s highest awardthe Order of Vandaliaand served as a member of the Universitys Board of Governors.

The Eberly College salutes Tom Potter for his success as an attorney, for his continuing commitment to his community, and for his longtime efforts on behalf of higher education in West Virginia,Dr. Nellis commented.

The Certificate of Achievement Ceremony is designed to recognize students who hold a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 and have earned at least 45 credit hours, which is roughly equivalent to three semesters. This award is to recognize past success and to encourage students to continue to strive for excellence in their work at the university and in all aspects of their lives.