FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 14, 2013
For more information:
Public Relations Department
Glenville State College
Glenville, WV – There was a full-house in the Jesse R. Lilly, Jr. Gymnasium for the 139th Glenville State College Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 11th as the GSC Class of 2013 received their degrees.
The Glenville State College Class of 2013 includes graduates who completed requirements for an Associate or Bachelor’s Degree in a variety of academic areas including business, criminal justice, teacher education, and natural resource management among others. The GSC Class of 2013 includes 223 graduates who completed their degree requirements in July 2012, December 2012, and May 2013. The new graduates represent thirty-nine West Virginia Counties, twelve other states (California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia), and Canada.
Keynote speaker, Lieutenant Governor of West Virginia and Senate President Jeff Kessler (D – Marshall County), encouraged the graduates to meet the new challenges they will face with optimism. “Do not be afraid to fail. Only those who try can ever succeed. Yes, you may not always succeed, but you never will if you do not have the courage and determination to try. Do not listen to those who may tell you that you can’t. Believe that you can do anything,” During the ceremony, Kessler was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from GSC.
GSC Professor of Forestry and Land Surveying Charles R. Sypolt was bestowed the title of Professor Emeritus. Sypolt is retiring after forty years with the GSC Land Resources Department. He will continue to teach on a part-time basis for GSC.
Twenty members of the GSC Class of 1963 were also honored as fifty year graduates. Recognizing the fifty year graduates has become a tradition at the GSC commencement.
Glenville State College also presented three individual awards during the ceremony. Associate Professor of Mathematics Paul Peck received the 2013 Faculty Award of Excellence. The Classified Employee of the Year Award was presented to Bob “Edwards” Zdanek of the GSC Marketing and Public Relations Department. The 2013 Student Leadership Award was given to graduating senior Cody T. Baber of Glenville, West Virginia.
“When you enrolled at Glenville State College, you became part of our family. We congratulate you on the accomplishment of earning your degree. Even though you are now leaving GSC, you will remain part of our family and we hope you will return to your Alma Mater as often as possible,” said Glenville State College President Dr. Peter B. Barr.
Fall class at GSC will begin on Monday, August 19, 2013. For information on enrolling, contact the Glenville State College Office of Admissions at www.glenville.edu or (304) 462-6130.