May 24, 2010
WVU Parkersburg awards honorary degrees to father-son duo.
CONTACT: Leslie Sims, college registrar, 304-424-8220.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A father-son baseball duo with New York and Parkersburg connections was honored with honorary bachelor's degrees at West Virginia University at Parkersburg's Commencement exercises recently.
WVU Parkersburg bestowed honorary Bachelor of Arts degrees to Steve and Nick Swisher during May 15th Commencement exercises held at WVU Parkersburg. Steve accepted for both since his son Nick is in the middle of the Major League Baseball season as an outfielder for the World Series champion New York Yankees. A native of Parkersburg, Steve was a catcher for nine years in the majors and was selected to the 1976 National League's All-Star team.
Father and son were honored for their charitable work and involvement in youth and community-related organizations as well as for serving as professional athlete ambassadors and role models for countless youngsters.
Both Steve and Nick have a connection to WVU Parkersburg. In 2007, the Wood County (W.Va.) Commission named the roadway between Staunton Turnpike and Cedar Grove Road in Parkersburg as Swisher Lane in honor of Steve and Nick. Swisher Lane serves as the entrance to WVU Parkersburg's campus.
cd05/24/10For additional information, contact:
Executive Director Institutional Advancement
(304-424-8203 - Office)