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MU students prepare for graduation

Nov. 08, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University hosted this semester's Countdown to Commencement event Wednesday for students preparing to graduate in December.

The event -- which continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center -- includes several university offices and vendors to help expectant grads tie up loose ends.

"It's a lot easier and helpful," said Maryland native Kelsea Ring, as she made her way from table to table Wednesday. "It's actually exciting hearing them keep saying 'congratulations.'"

Representatives from the Registrar's Office, Marshall University Bookstore, Jostens, Classic Photography, Framing Success, the graduate college, Career Services, Bursar's Office, Financial Aid, Campus ID office and Alumni Relations all are taking part in Countdown to Commencement.

Marilyn Pemberton of Winfield, W.Va., didn't need to stop at most of the booths; she was only concerned with purchasing her cap and gown. Pemberton has taken classes at Marshall for 21 years and will finally finish her regents degree. She retired three years ago from the Girls Scouts Black Diamond Council and said it feels good to know she will have accomplished a lifelong goal, even if it has meant taking one class a semester.

Thomas Horton and his father, Steve Beha, also attended, making a few purchases and double-checking his university accounts. Horton, a criminal justice major, said he is nervous about this phase of his life coming to an end. But he is looking forward to a career in law enforcement. Beha, whose daughter is a freshman at Marshall, said he's very proud, though he'd like to keep his kids young for as long as possible.

Roberta Ferguson, Marshall's registrar, said there are 508 tentative bachelor's, 46 associate, 233 master's and 10 doctoral degree candidates.

Winter commencement is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Cam Henderson Center.

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