(ATTENTION MEDIA: A list of West Virginia University’s December graduates can be accessed through an online database at http://www.nis.wvu.edu/gradslist/. To find students from your circulation area, click on a state. West Virginia students are listed alphabetically by county. The online database is compatible with most computer systems. However, if you have problems accessing the information, contact Colleen DeHart, WVU News and Information Services, at 304-293-5507 or Colleen.Wright@mail.wvu.edu.)

Approximately 1,445 students received degrees from West Virginia University in December.

Graduates and their families were honored on Dec. 13 at a special Convocation ceremony at the WVU Coliseum. Keynote speaker, WVU Senior Associate Dean of Students Tom Sloane charged graduates to use their education “to make the world a better place.”

“We’re counting on you to provide opportunities for the next generation, greater than you had, to be more successful than you will be, to better their stead, to make the world a better place,” he said.
“As Mountaineers, I know you can do that. We’re counting on you. West Virginia University is counting on you,” Sloane said.

To view the archived webcast of the Convocation, visit http://webcast.wvu.edu/.

The full text of Sloane’s speech can be found online at http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2009/12/13/text-of-dr-tom-sloane-s-convocation-address .



CONTACT: Colleen DeHart, News and Information Services
304-293-5507, Colleen.Wright@mail.wvu.edu