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WVU Parkersburg’s Class of 2003 includes first graduates in two programs.
CONTACT: Cecelia Malhotra, WVU Parkersburg registrar, 304-424-8222.
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West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s Class of 2003 includes the first graduates in two of its newer programs.
Graduates of the college’s Bachelor of Applied Technology degree and associate degree in Manufacturing Supervision will be among the members of the Class of 2003 when Commencement is held Saturday (May 17).
The 32nd annual graduation exercises will begin at 2 p.m., Saturday, in the college’s multi-purpose room. Commencement speaker is Keith Burdette, senior assistant for policy and legislative issues to WV Governor Bob Wise.
WVU Parkersburg’s Class of 2003 includes 217 candidates for graduation. More than 110 are expected to participate in the ceremonies.
Eric Underwood of Grantsville will become the first to receive the college’s Bachelor of Applied Technology degree. Underwood plans to pursue graduate studies this fall at West Virginia University.
Five area residents will receive the college’s Associate in Applied Science degree in Technical Studies with an emphasis in manufacturing supervision. WVU Parkersburg is the first institution to confer degrees in this statewide-offered program.
In addition, WVU Parkersburg will award honorary degrees of doctor of humane letters to Burdette and Jack Burlingame, retired director of the Jackson County Development Authority.
This will mark WVU Parkersburg President Erik Bitterbaum’s final Commencement at the college. He is leaving July 1 after three years at WVU Parkersburg to assume the presidency at State University of New York College at Cortland.
A reception will follow Commencement for the graduates and their families.
The college’s graduation weekend of activities will commence with a pinning ceremony for Nursing graduates at 7 p.m., Friday (May 16) in the college’s multi-purpose room.
On Sunday (May 18), the second annual WVU Parkersburg Alumni Association Car Show will be held on campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the college’s Alumni Scholarship fund.
At 6 p.m., Sunday (May 18), the College Chorale will present its spring concert at the Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church in Mineral Wells. The concert will include works by Benjamin Britten, Morten Lauridsen and Einojuhani Rautavaara. The performance is free and open to the public.
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