Graduation ceremonies, events celebrate students' hard work
HUNTINGTON -- The real big day is Saturday, when thousands of Marshall University students, faculty members and families cram into Big Sandy Superstore Arena for the 174th commencement.
But the days leading up to May 7 also have a lot of meaning. That's when individual colleges and programs hold graduation ceremonies and graduate recognition events. On Friday, there were 11 such ceremonies on throughout Huntington.
Those included the ROTC commissioning, LEAP Intensive English Program, John Marshall Emerging Leaders Institute, Clinical Lab Sciences and Dietetics Department, the HELP Program, Yeager Scholars Medallion Ceremony, W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications spring banquet, College of Education and Human Services hooding ceremony, Marshall University School of Nursing recognition ceremony, and the College of Health Profession's recognition and pinning ceremony for the St. Mary's Medical Center School of Nursing, School of Respiratory Care and School of Medical Imaging.
At Christ Temple Church, where the Marshall School of Nursing ceremony was held, speaker Kati Elizabeth Bailey talked about what it means to be a nurse. But the message of compassion, said the winner of the Spirit of Nursing Award, said it cross all boundaries of professions.
"It's not what we do, but how we do it," Bailey said. "It's more about love then degrees and dollars. Class of 2011 ... here's to choosing love even when it's tough."
The schedule for Saturday starts at 7:45 a.m., when shuttle service for the 9 a.m. commencement starts and continues in 15-minute intervals. Attendees are encouraged to park on university lots at the performing arts center, football stadium and across from Smith Hall (Lot F). Buses will transport passengers back to campus immediately following commencement.
Graduates must report to the arena by 8:15 a.m. and report to the area designated for each college. The ceremony is expected to last approximately two hours. The ceremony will also be streamed live beginning at 8:30 a.m. by going to Marshall's website, www.marshall.edu.
Marshall University will produce a DVD of the ceremony for purchase for $15 per copy. Orders may be submitted using the DVD order form on the Registrar's website or at the arena on May 7. The Marshall University Alumni Association will process the orders.
Pulitzer Prize winner Julia Keller, cultural critic for the Chicago Tribune and a two-time graduate of Marshall University, will deliver the keynote speech.
Following commencement, there will be a handful of final receptions, including the College of Information Technology and Engineering graduation reception (immediately following commencement, Arthur Weisberg Family Engineering Laboratories), Communication Disorders graduation reception (immediately following commencement, Smith Hall 143), College of Fine Arts post-graduation brunch, an invitation event (immediately following commencement, Wesvanawha), College of Science Convocation (1 p.m., Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center), Lewis College of Business graduation celebration (1:30 p.m., Christ Temple Church).
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