HUNTINGTON — More than 1,000 Marshall University students are expected to take part in two commencement ceremonies in Huntington today.

Due to security measures at the arena, graduates and guests are encouraged to arrive early and to plan for lines.

Additionally, degree candidates will be recognized individually prior to the conferral of degrees, Marshall University reminded those planning to attend in a post to Facebook on Friday.

"The degree granting portion of the program will be at the end this year. Please help us maintain the formality of this event by remaining in your seats for the entire ceremony," the post added.

Although the university has hosted two separate ceremonies in the past, this year's events, at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena and Convention Center, are organized differently and include degree conferral for all levels of education at two separate ceremonies.

The morning ceremony, beginning at 9 a.m., will include bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from the Lewis College of Business, the College of Education and Professional Development, the College of Information Technology and Engineering and the College of Science. The afternoon ceremony, beginning at 2 p.m., will include bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from the College of Arts and Media, the College of Health Professions, the College of Liberal Arts, and regents degrees.

Marshall will welcome two-time graduate and public relations senior executive Susan Hellems Lavenski as the keynote speaker for both ceremonies. Lavenski is CEO of Charles Ryan Associates.

The university will also honor West Virginia businessman, former legislator and Marshall University Board of Governors member Oshel Craigo with an honorary degree. Craigo will be recognized at the morning ceremony.

The commencement ceremonies will be live-streamed at for anyone unable to attend.


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