May 3, 2008
Marshall to Graduate More Than 2,600 Students at 171st Commencement
By Staff
Huntington, WV (HNN) – More than 2,600 students will graduate from Marshall University on Saturday, May 10 when the university celebrates its 171st commencement at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena. The ceremony begins at 9 a.m.
The total of 2,622 students receiving degrees includes 1,529 undergraduates, 946 graduates, 43 from the School of Medicine and 104 receiving associate degrees.
In all, 591 students will graduate with honors. Ninety will graduate summa cum laude (3.85 to 4.0 GPA), 177 magna cum laude (3.6 to 3.84 GPA), and 306 cum laude (3.3 to 3.59 GPA). One student receiving an associate degree will graduate with high honors, and 17 associate degree recipients will graduate with honors.
Continuing a practice that began in 2006, each Marshall graduate attending commencement will be recognized during the ceremony. Each graduate will walk to the area in front of the stage, where his or her name will be announced and he or she will receive congratulations and a scroll from the Marshall Alumni Association. Anyone who has earned a degree since July 2007 may participate in commencement.
Marshall also will recognize its graduating honor students during commencement.
Based on tentative grade point averages calculated through seven semesters, 15 students have completed or will complete their baccalaureate degrees with perfect 4.0 GPAs. Two already are assured of 4.0s, while the other 13 – all May graduates – will learn their final GPAs after commencement.
The two already assured of 4.0s are Dustin Michael Simpson of Scott Depot, W.Va., and Daniel C. Teters of Washington, W.Va.
The 13 with tentative 4.0s are Karen Elizabeth Bohne of Rochester, Mich.; Linsey Marie Cushing of Charleston, W.Va.; Holley Elizabeth Harris of Huntington; Susan Elaine Harvey of Huntington; Katelyn Marie Holliday of Paw Paw, W.Va.; Justin Michael Kearns of Wheeling, W.Va.; Allison Marie Kleiner of Wheeling, W.Va.; Joshua Aaron Lynn of Millbrook, Ala.; Kala Jean Melchiori of Huntington; Katherine Lee Mohn of Huntington; Lauren Mikaela Perry of Proctorville, Ohio; Jodi Marie Pitsenbarger of Franklin, W.Va.; and Alyssa Marie Zirille of Gallipolis, Ohio.
LeEtta Rae Brillhart of Point Pleasant, W.Va., who will receive an associate degree, has a 4.0 as well.
West Virginia Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin will deliver the commencement address and receive a Doctor of Laws honorary degree. Arthur and Joan Weisberg, founders of State Electric Supply Co., Arthur’s Enterprises and Service Wire Co., will receive Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degrees.
Here is a list of commencement-related events next week:
Wednesday, May 7

10 a.m., student-athlete graduation brunch, Big Green Room, Joan C. Edwards Stadium
Thursday, May 8

4:15 p.m., Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Awards Ceremony, Harless Auditorium, MU Medical Center
7 p.m., College of Health Professions’ Nursing recognition ceremony, Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center
Friday, May 9

11 a.m., LEAP Program graduation, Memorial Student Center, Alumni Lounge
1 p.m., ROTC commissioning ceremony, Memorial Student Center, Alumni Lounge
3 p.m., International students graduation picnic, Buskirk Field
5 p.m., Society of Yeager Scholars Medallion Ceremony, Dinko Library, third-floor atrium
6 p.m., Mid-Ohio Valley Center nursing recognition, MOVC
7 p.m., Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Investiture, Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, followed by reception in Memorial Student Center’s Don Morris Room.
Saturday, May 10

9 a.m., 171st commencement, Big Sandy Superstore Arena
1 p.m., College of Liberal Arts graduation ceremony, Big Sandy Superstore Arena
1 p.m., Forensic Science reception and open house, Forensic Science Center
1 p.m., College of Health Professions graduation ceremony, Big Sandy Superstore Grand Ballroom
1 p.m., CITE graduation ceremony, Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, followed by reception, Memorial Student Center’s Don Morris Room.
1 p.m., College of Education and Human Services graduation ceremony, Henderson Center arena.
1 p.m., College of Science graduation ceremony, Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center
Immediately following Marshall commencement, College of Fine Arts post-graduation brunch, The Palms, 314 9th St. Plaza.
1:30 p.m., Lewis College of Business graduation ceremony, Christ Temple Church
1:30 p.m., School of Journalism graduation ceremony, Smith Recital Hall, followed by reception, Smith Hall atrium.
The main commencement ceremony will be streamed live at and it will be televised live on Marshall’s Instructional Television Channel 25.
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NOTE: The graduation numbers are for Marshall University only, and do not include the Marshall Community and Technical College.
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