West Virginia University graduated about 3,000 students this past spring.

Of those graduates, 16 were among the first class of PROMISE Scholars at WVU and finished in three years. The merit-based PROMISE Scholarship is awarded to West Virginiastudents and covers tuition and fees to any public college or university in the state, or an equivalent amount to an in-state private college.

Gov. Joe Manchin III returned to his alma mater to deliver WVU s Commencement address May 15 at the WVU Coliseum.

Dont be afraid to take an idea thats already out there and use it, but then challenge yourself to make it better,he told students.I encourage you to continually step up to the plate and compete. You cant win the game if you watch from the sidelines.

In his closing remarks, WVU President David C. Hardesty Jr. encouraged students to become citizens of the world.

Honor the sacrifices of those who came before you, and do all you can to help those who will follow,he said.Put your education to work solving societys most vexing problems.