Commencement Weekend

April 30th, 2007

Grammy Award winner Kathy Mattea will participate in West Virginia Universitys 138th Commencement Honors Convocation at 7 p.m. Friday, May 11, at the WVU Coliseum.

The singer/songwriter, who attended WVU from 1976-1978 before leaving to pursue a career in the Nashville music industry, and four other distinguished recipientsThomas L. Harrison, chairman and chief executive officer of Diversified Agency Services and WVU alumnus; Robert Reynolds, former vice chairman and chief operating officer of Fidelity Investments and WVU alumnus; Dr. Robert Ruffolo, president, Research and Development at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, senior vice president at Wyeth Corporation and generous supporter of WVU s Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center; and Murray Sidman, professor emeritus at Northeastern University and former visiting scholar in the Department of Psychology at WVU will receive honorary degrees during the ceremony.

In addition to honorary degree recipients, the University will recognize Order of Vandalia inductees, Presidents Distinguished Service Award recipients, Air Force and Army ROTC graduates, WVU Foundation Outstanding Seniors, Order of Augusta honorees and Honors College graduates during the convocation. The WVU faculty will also be recognized as a group for their dedication and service.

WVU President David C. Hardesty Jr. will be the keynote speaker and is expected to share highlights and memories from his 12 years as WVU s leader. He will retire in September as the institutions longest serving president.

Engineering major Jason Gross of Morgantown, outgoing Student Government Association president, will also address graduates.

The Honors Convocation will include: the presentation of colors by ROTC students; charge of flags by outstanding graduates from each school and college who will carry and display a banner on the commencement stage representing their school; a performance ofTime to Say Goodbyeby WVU choral student, Daniel Salls, accompanied by Charles D. Ludwick II on piano; and musical performances by the WVU Wind Symphony and WVU Choir.

Those being recognized will participate in the event by invitation. Audience seating for the Honors Convocation is open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

The Honors Convocation, the signature event of Commencement weekend, will be followed by a series of individual, personalized commencement ceremonies hosted by the Universitys schools and colleges May 12-13.

The school and college ceremonies will be degree-conferring events, providing graduating students from all degree levels an opportunity to be individually recognized as they receive their diploma. The ceremonies will be held in one of three venuesthe Creative Arts Center, Student Recreation Center or Coliseumand will include the attendance of either the University president, provost or a vice president.

Ceremony speakers include:

  • Dr. Robert Ruffalo, president Research and Development at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, senior vice president, Wyeth Corporation and honorary degree recipient, 9 a.m., Saturday School of Medicine Ceremony for medical and doctoral degree recipients, Creative Arts Center
  • Outstanding graduate, Abbey Glick, who will receive a bachelors degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology, 9:30 a.m., Saturday College of Human Resources and Education Ceremony, Coliseum
  • Dr. William F. Queen, president of WVU School of Dentistry Alumni Association, 10 a.m., Saturday School of Dentistry Ceremony, Student Recreation Center
  • Verl O. Purdy, president and chief executive officer, AGDATA , and college alumnus, 2 p.m., Saturday College of Engineering and Mineral Resources Ceremony, Coliseum
  • College of Law Professor of the Year Kevin Outterson, 2 p.m., Saturday College of Law Ceremony, Creative Arts Center
  • George Spratto, retired dean of WVU School of Pharmacy, 2 p.m., Saturday School of Pharmacy Ceremony, Student Recreation Center
  • Robert L. Reynolds, vice chairman, chief operating officer of Fidelity Investments and honorary degree recipient, 6 p.m., Saturday College of Business and Economics Ceremony, Coliseum
  • Dr. E. Jane Martin, dean of the WVU School of Nursing, 7 p.m., Saturday School of Nursing Ceremony, Student Recreation Center
  • Randall Reid-Smith, commissioner of the W.Va. Division of Culture and History, 7:30 p.m. Saturday College of Creative Arts Ceremony, Creative Arts Center
  • John Perdue, W.Va. State Treasurer and Davis College alumnus, 9:30 a.m. Sunday Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry&Consumer Sciences Ceremony, Coliseum
  • John Carroll, distinguished journalist and current Knight Visiting Lecturer at the Shorenstein Center, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 9:30 a.m. Sunday Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism Ceremony, Creative Arts Center
  • Dr. Marcia Brand, associate administrator for Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 10:30 a.m., Sunday School of Medicine professional graduates, Student Recreation Center
  • The Honorable David A. Faber, chief judge, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of W.Va., 2 p.m., Sunday Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony, Coliseum
  • Gale Catlett, retired WVU Mens Basketball coach, 2 p.m., Sunday School of Physical Education Ceremony, Creative Arts Center.

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