Following 18 months of schooling, soon-to-be graduates, their families and their friends visited the historic Metropolitan Theater in downtown Morgantown Sunday, June 23, for the West Virginia Junior College Commencement.
Students transitioned to graduates earning their Specialized Associate Degree in the following areas: Business Management , Information Technology, Legal Assistant , Medical Office Management and Medical Assisting.
Student Speaker Rodney Murray told the audience that the path to graduation was not easy, and he didn’t do it alone. He thanked his family and friends for the continued support.
Morgantown City Deputy Mayor City Councilor Wesley Nugent addressed the students, encouraging them to continue down the path of life-long learning. He also encouraged them to question the status-quo and to be independent thinkers.
Over 60 students earned their degrees from the West Virginia Junior College, Morgantown Campus, from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013.
“We’re very proud of each of you,” said Leanne Cardoso, who introduced the students. She also mentioned each person who finished school with a 3.5 or above grade point average. Karen Lewis, who earned her degree in medical assisting, achieved the Director’s Award, which is only given to students who have a 4.0 GPA and a 100 percent attendance record.
Executive Director Patricia Callen presented the students with their diplomas, and together on stage, the students marked the momentous occasion by moving their tassels to the other side of their cap.
Graduates posed near the entrance way of the renovated theater, using the historic building as a backdrop to pose with their newly-earned diplomas.
For more information about the WVJC and its programs, call (304)296-8282 or visit wvjc.edu.