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May 7, 2014

FSU, PC&TC graduations this weekend

FAIRMONT — After years of dedication, students from Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College will receive their diplomas.

Fairmont State’s graduation ceremony is at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Feaster Center on campus. Around 350 students will participate — nontraditional students, veterans, and young men and women who are moving on to the next phase of their lives.

This year’s guest speaker is Frank Gabor, a Fairmont State alumnus who, along with his wife, was a major contributor to the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center.

The couple still helps oversee the mission of the folklife center.

Marianne Jenkins will serve as the senior class speaker. She is graduating with a degree in graphics technology and minor in communications.

Immediately following the ceremony, there will be a reception in Gym 1 on the first floor of the Falcon Center for graduates and their families. Guests will be able to have free souvenir photos taken at a photo booth at that time.

Dr. Christina Lavorata, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at FSU, believes graduation means just as much to families as it does to students.

“I think it’s a great sense of pride and accomplishment,” she said. “Dr. Rose said, ‘Students do not receive degrees and honors alone. They are supported, cajoled, loved and often financed by others,’ so we always ask the parents, husbands and wives, families, good friends to stand because it really is an accomplishment for everyone.”

Pierpont’s graduation ceremony takes place at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Feaster Center. About 146 students are signed up to walk, and graduates will sit according to their schools.

Students who completed associate degrees or certificates of applied science in the summer or fall of 2013 and the spring of 2014 were invited to walk in the ceremony.

The commencement speaker is Jamie Summerlin, a Marine veteran and Board of Directors president for Operation Welcome Home. He completed the Freedom Run, a 3,452-mile cross-country journey from Oregon to Delaware, to honor veterans across the United States.

Emmerich Crabbs is this year’s student speaker. He is a 2014 graduate with a certificate of applied science in power plant technology.

Leslie Lovett, Pierpont’s provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, believes this year’s graduates will leave with skills in communication, professionalism and quantitative literacy.

“We hope that our Pierpont graduates have pride in the degree that they’ve earned,” she said. “They should be ready to go out into the workforce.”

There will be a sign language interpretation of both ceremonies, along with handicap-accessible parking and seating.

The Feaster Center parking lot located directly across Squibb Wilson Boulevard and the Duvall-Rosier Field parking lot will be used for handicapped parking.

Video from FSU’s ceremony will be streamed live at www.fairmontstate.edu/live.

Email Chelsi Baker at cbaker@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @cbakerTWV.

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