Davis & Elkins Celebrating Class of 2019 Accomplishments

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

ELKINS – Members of the Davis & Elkins College class of 2019 will mark a milestone this weekend with the conclusion of their undergraduate career. The campus community will welcome students’ families and friends for the Nurses’ Pinning Ceremony and Baccalaureate Service on Friday, May 10, and the Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 11.

Dr. Sue Ann Painter, executive director of the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, will serve as keynote speaker for the Nurses’ Pinning Ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday, May 10 in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium. Her address is titled “Stop and Think.”

The traditional ceremony will include the pinning of nursing graduates, rose presentations and a candlelit Florence Nightingale pledge. Students earning an Associate in Science in nursing and R.N. to Bachelor of Science in nursing degrees will be recognized.

The Baccalaureate Service is set for 7 p.m. Friday, May 10 in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium. The Rev. Michael D. Kirby, senior pastor and head of staff at Northminster Presbyterian Church in northwest Evanston, Illinois, will deliver the address titled “Stepping Up, Standing Out.” Graduates will be presented with academic hoods and commemorative medals. The ceremony also will include a call to worship, an opening prayer and scripture readings by members of the class of 2019, Jereomy Ayres, MacKinzie D. Smith, Kaylee A. Yergeau and Kelsie E. Roby. The Davis & Elkins College Concert Choir will provide music. 

The Baccalaureate Service will be followed by a reception for graduates and their guests on the outdoor plaza.

On Saturday, the West Virginia Highlanders of Davis & Elkins College will lead students, faculty, administrators and trustees as they process to Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium for the 10 a.m. Commencement Ceremony. Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation President Jen Giovannitti will be presented with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters before addressing the class of 2019 with a speech titled “Investing in Human Capital.”

Prior to joining the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Giovannitti led strategic programs and community-based initiatives for seven years at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. She lived in Elkins for 11 years, first serving as the director of the Elkins Railyard redevelopment project, then as chief executive of the Randolph County Economic Development Authority and West Virginia Wood Technology Center. The successful redevelopment of the Elkins Railyard preserved historic structures including the Elkins Depot, reconstructed the historic Tygart Valley River Bridge and added tourism infrastructure and public amenities. The project was a model for rural communities redeveloping brownfield sites.

A commencement reception will follow on the outdoor plaza.

All ceremonies are free and open to the public. In addition to seating in the auditorium, space will be available on Saturday in The Joni and Buck Smith Arts Forum where guests can view the Commencement Ceremony via live stream video.


Davis & Elkins College Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Donna Carr, front, along with Professor of Nursing Dr. Denice Reese and Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science Dr. Renaud Stauber, sign diplomas in preparation of Saturday’s 110th Commencement Ceremony.  

Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.

Davis & Elkins Celebrating Class of 2019 Accomplishments