FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 5, 2018
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Members of Glenville State College's Class of 2018 move the tassels on their mortarboards from right to left, in the tradition that signifies completion of their degree
GLENVILLE, WV - Glenville State College's 144th Commencement Ceremony took place on Saturday, May 5 in the College's Waco Center.
The Glenville State College Class of 2018 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 2018 is made up of approximately 100 students who hail from throughout West Virginia and ten other states including California, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, and Virginia.
Twelve members of the GSC Class of 1968 returned to campus and were honored as fifty year graduates. The returning alumni had an opportunity to reconnect with former classmates, enjoy a dinner, and tour campus on Friday and were officially recognized during the ceremony on Saturday. Recognizing alumni celebrating their fiftieth reunion has become a tradition at GSC's Commencement Ceremony.
Glenville State College President Dr. Tracy L. Pellett delivered remarks to those assembled for the ceremony.
"You've added value to your name, you've earned capital beyond any dollar and cents amount," Pellett said, addressing the graduates. "Tis capital is a testament to your persistence, your will to overcome obstacles, and persevere despite challenges that at times probably seemed overwhelming. After this ceremony you'll be entitled to display your success after your signature followed by a suffix; either A.S., B.S., or B.A. That suffix appends stature to your name; it is a clear sign to those around you that you have accomplished a challenging task overtime, you have a focused outlook, and that you can be a critical, collaborative, analytical, and deliberative thinker," he added.
Pellett also noted a theme of change throughout his address, advising the graduates to embrace, accept, and enact change despite how difficult it may sometimes be. "Remember that change begins with you. It is important to that we love deeper, forgive more and gossip less, pay attention to those around us, call our friends, make time for those we care about, exercise more, and stop using the excuse that we're too busy and will do it later," he added.
Fall classes at GSC will begin on Monday, August 13, 2018. For information on enrolling and beginning your journey as a GSC Pioneer, click here or contact the Glenville State College Office of Admissions at (304) 462-4128.