ELKINS - Amid a flurry of preparations underway for the arrival of family and friends attending the 108th Davis & Elkins College Commencement Weekend, pending weather conditions are forcing the relocation of Saturday’s ceremonies. D&E President Chris A. Wood made the decision based on recommendations from the National Weather Service whose meteorologists are forecasting heavy rain.
On Saturday, the Davis & Elkins College Class of 2017, faculty and trustees will process to Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium to join family, guests and the D&E community for Commencement Ceremonies set to begin at 10 a.m. To accommodate the number of guests who may exceed capacity of the auditorium, the ceremony will be streamed live on a big screen TV in the Joni and Buck Smith Arts Forum. No tickets are required for admission.
For those unable to attend, the ceremony will be streamed live at portal.stretchinternet.com/dandeadmin.
Elkins native Dr. John Ochsendorf, a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and recently named director of the American Academy in Rome (AAR), will deliver the commencement address “The Endless Frontier,” focusing on the importance of lifelong learning and how each of us must continue to explore our personal frontiers of education and service. During the ceremony, Ochsendorf will receive an honorary Doctor of Letters degree.
A reception for graduates, their families, guests and the D&E community will follow the ceremony in the Joni and Buck Smith Arts Forum.
The weekend’s activities begin Friday when graduates of the RN program and the online RN-BSN program will mark their accomplishments at the traditional Nurses’ Pinning which includes rose presentations and a candlelit Florence Nightingale pledge. The ceremony begins at 4 p.m. in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium.
Davis & Elkins College nursing alumna Natasha Wamsley, ’09, an associate professor in the College’s online RN-BSN program and an Advanced Practice Nurse, will deliver the keynote address titled “Making a Difference.”
Also on Friday at 7 p.m. in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium, graduating seniors will lead the Baccalaureate Service of praise and worship celebrating the accomplishments of the Class of 2017. The ceremony includes the presentation of academic hoods and selections performed by the Davis & Elkins College Concert Choir.
The Rev. Susan C. McGhee, executive presbyter of the Presbytery of Ohio Valley, will deliver the address titled “Bringing May Flowers.” A reception for graduates and their guests will take place immediately afterward in the Joni and Buck Smith Arts Forum.
All events are free and open to the public. No tickets are necessary for admission.
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.
Photo Caption: Taking care to avoid fingerprints or smudges, Dr. Brian Moudry, professor of mathematics and physics, dons plastic gloves as he signs a student’s diploma in preparation of Saturday’s 108th Davis & Elkins College Commencement. The ceremonies will take place in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium.