For Immediate Release:
May 18, 2011
Glenville, WV—Two-hundred and eight students were awarded their degrees during the 137th Glenville State College Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2011.
The Glenville State College Class of 2011 includes graduates who completed requirements for an Associate or Bachelor Degree in a variety of academic areas including business, criminal justice, teacher education, and natural resource management among others.Kuma Deboo, Warden and Chief Executive Officer for the Federal Correctional Institution in Gilmer County gave the keynote address to the graduates. Deboo, who has lived and worked in several locations from California to Connecticut, extolled the graduates to appreciate the life and opportunities we enjoy in West Virginia. “Glenville State College has held true to its recruitment promise that this is where you belong. Everything that you have needed to learn and to grow as individuals has been offered to you at this amazing institution. The students, professors, administration, and the community are outstanding, and you bring this place to life. Your final assignment is to get out and insure that our great way of life in West Virginia continues and improves,” she said.
Glenville State College President Peter Barr presented Deboo with an Honorary Doctorate degree for Public Service. David Richard Tyson, Esquire, Commissioner of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree.
GSC retiring Professor of English, Dr. Gayle F. Burkowski, was honored for her 31-year teaching career, including 22 years at GSC, by being awarded the title of Faculty Emeriti.
Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Fred Walborn received the Faculty Award of Excellence. GSC Director of Financial Aid Karen Lay was recognized as the Classified Employee of the Year. Allison Drane from the class of 2011 was presented with the Student Leadership award.
West Virginia Division of Culture and History Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith presented GSC Instructor of Music Buddy Griffin with the 2011 Vandalia Award for “distinguishing himself as a musician, entertainer, educator, mentor, and advocate for bluegrass and traditional country music.”
Nineteen members of the Glenville State College Class of 1961 were honored as 50 Year Graduates along with the current Class of 2011. Glenville State College began the tradition of honoring fifty year graduates at the school’s annual commencement ceremony in the spring of 2000. “Honoring these graduates’ accomplishment of 50 years ago is a small tribute and our way of recognizing their lifetime connection to Glenville State College,” said Debbie Nagy Special Assistant to the President/Director of Alumni Affairs.
The GSC class of 2011 graduates represent thirty-two West Virginia counties and seven other states (California, Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia).
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