Building Named in Honor of Carter Family Concord Hosts 126th Spring Commencement
Athens, W.Va. - On Saturday, May 12, 2001, Centennial Hall was named The Leslie R. and Ruby Webb Carter Center in honor of Mrs. Ruby Webb Carter and the Carter Foundation in Beckley, W.Va. The foundation made a contribution of $1 million to Concord College for enhancements to the College’s teacher education program. The naming ceremony was held at 9:00 a.m., prior to the College’s 126th spring commencement.
Concord President Jerry L. Beasley told the audience that, “this becomes a part of an endowment to support and grow our teacher education program. Mrs. Carter was a graduate of Concord and taught for 41 years and has seen it all. She has seen the sacrifices in the public school system.”
Concord College hosted its 126th spring commencement in The Leslie R. and Ruby Webb Carter Center gymnasium. Seven valedictorians, a first for the College, shared inspiring stories with friends, family, teachers and mentors of the graduating class. Vishal Badiani from Calcutta, India, thanked his parents for their unconditional love. And, McDowell County native Keisha Riley choked back tears as she listed those who encouraged and supported her in her efforts. Maria Savelieva, Moscow, Russia, pointed out that “20 years ago, or even 10 years ago, a Russian woman would not be standing here. This would not have been possible. I have learned that people from different countries do not drive on the ‘wrong’ side of the road—they drive on a different side of the road.”
Greetings and words of encouragement were extended to the candidates for graduation from: Concord President Jerry L. Beasley, West Virginia House of Delegates Member Mark E. Wills, Chairperson of the Concord College Board of Advisors James L. Brown, President of Concord’s Faculty Charles H. Brichford and President of the Alumni Association Suellen F. Hodges. Vice President and Academic Dean Dean W. Turner conferred the degrees and Interim Registrar of the College Carolyn Cox presented the diplomas. Conductor Andrew Necessary and the Concord College Wind Ensemble entertained the audience and candidates with traditional music and Instructor Robert R. Brown provided the invocation and benediction.
Delegate Wills read a letter from West Virginia Governor Bob Wise. Governor Wise quoted Robert Louis Stevenson and told the candidates, “to travel hopeful is better than to arrive.” He also advised the audience that, “learning is a lifelong process.”
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