Over3,600 students graduated from West Virginia University in May. A complete list is available at http://www.nis.wvu.edu/gradslist .

Graduates and their families were honored during WVU s 140th Commencement Weekend festivities on May 15-17.

WVU Distinguished Alumnus and honorary degree recipient Verl Purdy addressed graduates at WVU s Commencement Honors Convocation on May 15at the WVU Creative Arts Center.

Purdy urged graduates toget out there and follow your dreams.He spoke to students about failure and success and encouraged them to learn from their experiences.

Failure is simply a necessary stop on the way to success. Do not allow it to defeat or deflect or discourage you from following your dreams or pursuing your goals,Purdy said.

The full text of Purdys speech can be found online at http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/news/page/7733/ .