2021 Commencement

2021 Commencement Announcements/Activities

Commencement 2021 Schedule

Saturday, May 8 at 10:00 a.m.
-Nursing

Saturday, May 8 at 1:00 p.m.
-Business
-Education & Sports Science

Saturday, May 8 at 4:00 p.m.
-Creative Arts
-Humanities
-Natural Sciences
-Social Sciences

COVID-19 Safety Precautions

Please check back oftern for updated COVID-19 safety precautions for the day of Commencement.

  • Due to the necessity for social distancing, each graduate will be limited to two invited guests that will be permitted on campus. Ticketed seating will be assigned so that your two guests will be seated together in a pod and all pods will be distanced.
  • Masks are mandatory for all on the D&E campus throughout the commencement proceedings. 
Ticket Information for 2021 Commencement

Due to the necessity for social distancing, each graduate will be limited to two invited guests that will be permitted on campus.  Graduation will be live-streamed so that other friends and family will be able to watch the ceremony.  Ticketed seating will be assigned so that your two guests will be seated together in a pod and all pods will be distanced. Masks are mandatory for all on the D&E campus throughout the commencement proceedings.

Graduates may reserve two tickets for their assigned ceremony. A registration link will be sent to each senior on April 17. Registration will be open from April 17 to April 25. Tickets may be picked up one hour before the start of the ceremony at a location to be announced. 

Academic Regalia / Cap and Gown

Graduates are required to wear their Academic Regalia at Commencement.  Caps and gowns were ordered by each graduate at Countdown for Commencement.

They may be picked up at the Davis & Elkins College Bookstore beginning April 26, 2021.

Honor Cords

Honor cords worn during Commencement designate academic achievements of special merit. The colors specify the nature of the achievements. Academic honor cords will be handed out at the line up on the day of Commencement.

  • White, red, and gold cord: Summa Cum Laude
  • White and red cord: Magna Cum Laude
  • White cord: Cum Laude

Departmental honor cords will be handed out by departments in advance of Commencement.

Hooding Information

Hooding will be filmed this year by academic division. Our videographer will be set up inside the Robbins Memorial Chapel per the schedule below.

Please arrive with your cap and gown. Davis & Elkins College staff will have the hood for you.

Wednesday, April 28th-3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Nursing, Creative Arts, Humanities, and Natural Sciences

Hooders:
Lora Abruzzino (3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
Bridget Esterhuizen (4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
Clinton Johnson (5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.)
Bill King (4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
Crystal Krause (5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.)
Lonnie Martin (4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
Melissa McCoy (3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
Valerie Posey (3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
Jason Pyles (4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
Denice Reese (3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
Sharmi Roy (5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.)
Nathan Sams (5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.)
Karen Seel (3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
Lisa Senic (3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
Renaud Stauber (5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.)
Shawn Stover (5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.)
Christina Swecker (3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)
Huixin Wu (3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)

 

Thursday, April 29th-3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Business, and Education & Sports Science

Hooders:
Mariah Ack (3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
Carol Carter (3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
Melanie Campbell (3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
Chanda Collette (5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.)
Mary Ann DeLuca (5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.)
Mark Douglas (3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
Laurie Goux (5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.)
Dean Johnson (3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
Jamie Joss (5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.)
Thomas Kelly (3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
Evan Merrill (5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.)
Tim Miller (3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
Joyce Nestor (5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.)
Jason Pyles (5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.)
Danielle Riggins (5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.)
Jennifer Riggleman (5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.)
Nikki Rose (5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.)
Mary Ellen Schubert (3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
Alex Sivvopoulas (3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
Jennifer Tesar (5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.)
President Chris Wood (5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.)

 

Friday, April 30th-3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Social Sciences

Hooders:
Sarah Garrison (3:00 p.m.-3:45 p.m.)
Melanie Campbell (3:45 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
Mary Jo DeJoice (3:45 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
Donna Huffman (3:45 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
Chris Jones (3:45 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
Jamie Morgan (3:45 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
Wendy Morgan (3:45 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
Joyce Nestor (3:45 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
Pat Nestor (3:45 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
Danielle Riggins (3:45 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
Nikki Rose (3:45 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
Mary Ellen Schubert (3:45 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
Lisa Senic (3:45 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
Carol Talbot (3:45 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
Hillary Wehe (3:45 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)

Parking Information

Parking will be available in the McDonnell Center lot accessible off Harpertown Road. 

The Myles Center for the Arts is now accessible on all levels by elevator. 

Commencement Photographs

Information will be posted soon regarding Commencement photos. 

March 30, 2021 Update

Note from President Wood:

As you complete the remaining few weeks of your studies at D&E, I congratulate you on reaching this milestone in your lives. I am confident that your educational experience has prepared you well for a meaningful life and career, and that you will make your soon-to-be alma mater proud.

In February I shared with you the College’s tentative plans for a virtual commencement on May 8, with a promise that we would re-examine this decision by April 1. The combination of decreasing cases of COVID-19 and the rapid rollout of the vaccine have resulted in the decision to announce Davis & Elkins College will have an in-person commencement ceremony. I am confident that we can do so safely. However, there will be necessary COVID protocols and restrictions that will make it unlike previous ceremonies. I ask for your full cooperation and understanding to ensure we can offer a safe ceremony for graduates, faculty, staff, and guests.

Commencement on Saturday, May 8 will occur with three separate ceremonies scheduled at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. All three ceremonies will occur in Harper-McNeeley Auditorium in the Myles Center for the Arts. Graduates will be assigned to one of these times based upon their academic programs.

Due to the necessity for social distancing, each graduate will be limited to two invited guests that will be permitted on campus. However, the graduation will be live-streamed so that other friends and family will be able to share in this milestone moment with each of you. Ticketed seating will be assigned so that your two guests will be seated together in a pod and all pods will be distanced. Masks are mandatory for all on the D&E campus throughout the commencement proceedings. Additional air filtration is being installed in the auditorium.

While a baccalaureate service will not occur this year, each graduate will be hooded by the member of the faculty or staff whom they choose. This hooding will be pre-recorded and displayed as the graduate walks the stage to receive his/her diploma.

Please be advised that in the event of unforeseen circumstances, including a significant spike in community and/or campus spread of the virus, Davis & Elkins College reserves the right to modify Commencement plans so as to ensure the safety of both the community and the campus.

Additional detail will be forthcoming as the date of commencement draws closer. It is a high honor to present each graduate with his or her diploma that is the result of hard work and sacrifice. Along with you, I anticipate a very meaningful celebration on May 8.

March 1, 2021 Update

Note from President Wood:

As spring semester rolls along and we look forward to warmer days, I continue to be thankful for the care that our students, faculty, and staff have demonstrated in keeping our campus and the surrounding community safe and healthy. This is no easy feat but with weekly testing, mask-wearing, social distancing, and limited traveling, Davis & Elkins College has done a remarkable job!

The prioritization of health and safety for both the campus community and the Elkins Community is paramount as we struggle with weighty decisions regarding spring commencement. We all agree that graduation is a milestone moment in the life of our graduates, their families, and the College. However, with the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a high probability that the 2021 spring commencement will need to be virtual. The final decision will be shared on the 2021 Commencement page on our website by April 1st as well as in the weekly campus email update.

The College is planning to create a commencement video book featuring each graduate, complete with an individualized hooding ceremony and conferring of degree by me. The Valedictorian and Salutatorian will share their speeches and award recipients will be recognized. Should our only alternative be to hold a virtual ceremony, we will share the celebration of this monumental occasion with families across the nation and around the world by streaming the commencement events on the Davis & Elkins College website on the morning of May 8th. Though this might not be our traditional graduation, we are committed to honoring each graduate.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought so many changes to our world and certainly upended recognizing many milestones. I continue to be grateful for the grace and compassion that each of you have shown during these challenging times.