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More than 1,500 to graduate from MU

May. 05, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON - More than 1,500 students will graduate from Marshall University Saturday, May 11, in a pair of commencement ceremonies at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena, according to a press release.

Marshall will conduct two commencements for the second consecutive year. The 9 a.m. ceremony is for undergraduates, and a 2 p.m. ceremony the same day is for graduate students. This marks Marshall's 176th commencement.

Among the 1,507 students receiving degrees are 986 undergraduates, 439 graduate students and 72 from the School of Medicine. The commencement ceremony is for tentative May 2013 graduates only. Registrar Roberta Ferguson said she expects about 650 undergraduates and 175 graduate students to take part in their respective ceremonies.

Ferguson said 516 students will graduate with honors. One hundred fifty-nine will graduate summa cum laude (3.85 to 4.0 GPA), 139 magna cum laude (3.6 to 3.84 GPA), and 208 cum laude (3.3 to 3.59).

Ten students receiving associate degrees will graduate with honors.

Marshall will continue a practice that began in 2006 of recognizing individually each graduate who attends commencement. 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 representative scroll from the Marshall Alumni Association.

During the morning ceremony, Marshall will recognize its graduating honor students. Based on tentative grade point averages, 16 students will complete their baccalaureate degrees with perfect GPAs.

Those 16 students are:

Megan Renee Bryant of Huntington, BSN in Nursing

Lesley S. Cruickshank of Charleston, BA in International Affairs and Spanish

Anthony R. Deskins of Huntington, BBA in Economics and Finance

Julia Rose Freitag of Huntington, BBA in Marketing

Mary Louise Harper of South Charleston, BA in International Affairs

Catherine Brooke Higgins of Montgomery, West Virginia, BS in Chemistry

Amanda M. Honeycutt of Chapmanville, West Virginia, BS in Biological Science

Laura J. Keffer of South Point, Ohio, BA in History

Sarah Alice Lively of Beckley, BS in Biological Science

Richard Isaac McKown III of Ravenswood, West Virginia, BS in Cellular/Molecular Biology

Matthew Ryan Mundell of Huntington, BS in Computer and Information Technology

Joan Anna-Margaret Perrine of Poca, West Virginia, BSN in Nursing

Aaron Nicholas Preece of Huntington, BA in History

Shaina Danielle Taylor of Petersburg, West Virginia, BA in English and Science

Matthew David Thompson of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, BS in Biochemistry

Yasmine Zeid of Huntington, BS in Biochemistry.

James C. Smith, president and CEO of Thomson Reuters and a 1981 MU graduate, will deliver the keynote speech in the morning ceremony. Dr. Donna Spindel, dean of the Marshall Graduate College, will speak in the afternoon ceremony.

Smith, a native of Carlisle, Ky., is a 1981 graduate of Marshall, which he attended on a football scholarship. He will speak at the 9 a.m. commencement for undergraduates. Commencement for graduate students begins at 2 p.m. that same day at the arena.

"It's humbling, absolutely humbling, and gratifying at the same time," Smith said of speaking at commencement and to receiving an honorary doctoral degree of humane letters from the university.

Smith leads a company of 60,000 people in 140 countries who provide critical news, information and technology to leading decision makers around the world. The company's products primarily serve professionals in the legal, regulatory and financial markets and reported revenues of $12.8 billion in 2012.

Smith is a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum and the board of directors of the Brazil-U.S. Business Council. He also serves on the international advisory boards of British American Business and the Atlantic Council.

In his current position, Smith spends much of his time traveling, often to other countries. He splits time among offices in New York, London and Stamford, Conn., where he and his wife, Pam Kushmerick, maintain their home. He has four sons.