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Ceremonies set for Saturday; musical pioneer, special ed teacher to receive honorary degrees

More than 2,600 West Virginia University graduates will celebrate their accomplishments during two December commencement ceremonies at the WVU Coliseum.

The events are set for 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are not required to attend the ceremonies.

Along with this latest round of graduates, ceremonies will be attended by President Gordon Gee, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Maryanne Reed, Chancellor and Executive Dean for Health Sciences Dr. Clay Marsh and Presidential Honorary Degree recipients Larry Groce, founder and longtime artistic director for West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s “Mountain Stage.” Also featured will be Carrie Lee Gillette, special education teacher at Weir High School in Weirton.

10 a.m. ceremony

  • College of Applied Human Sciences (Decembergraduates)
  • College of Creative Arts
  • College of Education and Human Services (August graduates)
  • College of Law
  • College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences (August graduates)
  • Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
  • Reed College of Media

This is the first commencement ceremony for the College of Applied Human Sciences, and the final ceremonies for the former College of Education and Human Services and College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, now part of CAHS.

The Presidential Honorary Degrees will be awarded during the 10 a.m. ceremony.

Groce, a member of the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame and Broadcasting Hall of Fame, is being recognized for his contributions to the arts. Gillette is the first to receive what will be an annual Presidential Honorary Degree, awarded in December, to celebrate the work of public-school personnel throughout the Mountain State.

2 p.m. ceremony

  • Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
  • Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design
  • John Chambers College of Business and Economics
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Public Health

To attend

The clear bag policy, limiting the size and type of bags guests may bring into the coliseum, will be in effect. Parking is free at the coliseum. Overflow lots are available at the Canady Creative Arts Center.