For Immediate Release: May 9, 2012
Contact: Annette Barnette
Public Relations & Marketing Director
Glenville State College
Glenville, West Virginia
Glenville, WV – Approximately 200 students have officially graduated from Glenville State College in a ceremony that took place on Saturday, May 5th. GSC’s ‘Class of 2012’ includes nearly 200 graduates from throughout West Virginia and ten other states (Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia) as well as Washington, D.C. Most of the graduates completed their degree requirements this semester, while some of the students completed their courses in July or December of last year. Fourteen members of the Glenville State College ‘Class of 1962’ were also invited to participate in the ceremony and be recognized as 50-year graduates.
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) gave the commencement keynote address telling the students, “Today is your day. You have the rest of your life ahead of you.” GSC President Dr. Peter Barr then presented Honorary Doctorate Degrees to both U.S. Senator Manchin and West Virginia Senator Doug Facemire (D-Braxton).
Dr. Barr also handed out three annual awards to a faculty member, an employee, and a student. GSC Associate Professor of Science Larry Baker of Grantsville received the Faculty Award of Excellence. GSC Graphic Designer and Public Relations Department employee Dustin Crutchfield, who is a native of Burnsville but now resides in Glenville, received the Classified Employee of the Year Award. GSC 2012 graduate Marlon Henry of Montrose earned the Student Leadership Award before receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resource Management.
The May 5th event was Glenville State College’s 138th commencement ceremony.