University News
For Immediate Release: 
Dec 16 2003

138 Candidates for Graduation Honored at the Fifth Annual Fall Commencement at Concord College

Athens, W. Va. - Concord College hosted the fifth annual fall commencement, 5 p.m., Wednesday, December 17, 2003, in the Main Auditorium of the Alexander Fine Arts Center in Athens.

Honors were bestowed to 44 honors candidates. A student must have attained a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and above.

Mr. Jim Bartlett, adjunct instructor for the College, presented the prelude, processional and recessional.

Dr. Paul J. Kane shared opening and closing meditations.

Jerry L. Beasley, president of Concord College, welcomed the candidates for graduation and guests and thanked faculty and staff.

The Honorable Marshall Long, D.O., brought greetings from the West Virginia Legislature. He told the candidates, “Education has played a central role in my life, one for the utility and two for the culture. Be proud of what you have accomplished and thank those who have helped you. As Henry David Thoreau said, ‘Go with confidence in the direction of your dreams.’”

Margaret J. Sayre, Chair of the Concord College Board of Governors, noted that, “We are proud of you!”

President of the College’s Faculty Senate, Charles H. Brichford, thanked the students for the education he received. “A real education,” he continued, “is what we make available at Concord. The faculty is just one of the tools that you use. A ‘real’ education is what you apply. When you have a good education, you change yourself and you are offended by ignorance.”

Beryle Santon, president of the College’s Alumni Association noted that some of the graduates will go on to graduate school and some will work. “Please keep us informed,” she asked, “we are a lucky group of people. Once a Mountain Lion—always a Mountain Lion!”

Amy Elizabeth Lilly from Athens and Debra Charlene Williamson from Bluefield presented valedictory addresses to their classmates and guests of the College.

Ms. Lilly stated that: “In one definition, Webster describes success as the favorable outcome of our endeavors. According to this definition, we must recognize that we are all successes today. Years ago, we began our endeavor to earn a degree and we have taken the steps necessary to see it through. Each of us has had our own unique set of variables and hurdles to overcome in order to arrive here. However, we persevered. Already, in doing so, we are a success.

“Webster continues to define success as attaining wealth, position, or honors. There are many measures of wealth, including money or time with loved ones. An unknown author provides the best measure of wealth I have yet seen: ‘Measure wealth not by the things you have, but by the things you have for which you would not take money.’ These are the true things of value.

“Building on Webster’s views, I would like to expand his definition with some words from Ben Sweetland, who urged that, ‘Success is a journey, not a destination.’ We will never reach that point in our lives where we say: This is it; I have all I have ever wanted. However, if we can learn to enjoy the path along the way, we can find true happiness and count ourselves a success.”

Valedictorian Debra Williamson advised: “Anne Sullivan, that great teacher of the blind-deaf student, Helen Keller, wrote: ‘Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose . . . one you’ll be glad to remember.’

“You are special. You are extraordinary. And, you are prepared in your field. What is next? What choices will we have? Is it employment? Is it graduate school? Is it marriage? Life has many twists and turns, but whatever comes next in our lives our experience at Concord College has taught us valuable lessons that we can use in the future. Remember, that with the proper mind-set and motivation we can accomplish our objectives and make our dreams come true. See what you have done? You are the epitome of accomplishment.

Dr. Dean Turner, vice president and academic dean, presented the candidates for graduation to President Jerry Beasley.

Carolyn Cox, registrar for the College, presented the diplomas.

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PHOTO: Athens resident Keith Circle receives Concord diploma.

NOTE TO EDITOR--A COMPLETE ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF CANDIDATES FOR GRADUATION FOLLOWS:

 

HONOR CANDIDATES

December 17, 2003

SUMMA CUM LAUDE

George Adria Atanassov

Amy Michelle Ellison

Amanda Dawn Ellison

Ernest Nathan Chappell Flaim

Leah Louise Hicks

Patricia Diane Hylton

Elizabeth Ann King

Amy Elizabeth Lilly

Kara Lundie Appel-Tabor

Debra Charlene Williamson

MAGNA CUM LAUDE

Petranka Ivanova Badova

Marsha DeAnn Blankenship

Shannon Lee Conley

Amia Lee Downes

Faith Ellen Dunn

Melissa Dawn Hendrick

D Cole Malcolm

Kameron Kirkup Meeteer

Angela Kay Neal

Jason Kristofer Olson

CUM LAUDE

Marla Diane Akers

Melissa Rebecca Mae Blake

Cheryle Ann Boggs

Nikki Fae Casto

Jennifer Beth Dillard

Lelia Ann Fry

Albert Buford Goins

Shawn Patrick Hatfield

Emily Blair Hartling

April Nicole Henderson

Kendra Cherie Kelly

Mary Megan Mann

Damion Maynard

Kristin Lynn Rafferty

John Wayne Ramsey II

Kevin David Shaffer

Laura Crystalena Stokes

Tara Nicole Vance

Islam M Wali

Jason Dale Ward

Amanda Dawn Wills

HONORS IN MAJOR SUBJECT

Jocelyn Rochelle Woods

Robert Samuel Moore III

Robert Keith Sexton

CANDIDATES FOR GRADUATION

Marla Diane Akers

Princeton, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Kara Lundie Appel-Tabor

Beckley, West Virginia

Bachelor of Arts

 

Michael Anthony Armstrong

Welch, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies

 

George Adria Atanassov

Athens, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

 

Petranka Ivanova Badova

Athens, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

 

Raeann Patricia Baker

Tazewell, Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

 

Cara Dione Barnes

Princeton, West Virginia

Bachelor of Social Work

Bachelor of Arts

 

Jerri D Beverly

Premier, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Tourism Management

 

Melissa Rebecca Mae Blake

Beckley, West Virginia

Bachelor of Arts

 

Adam Benjamin Blankenship

Coal City, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

 

Marsha DeAnn Blankenship

Vansant, Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Thomas William Blaylock

Hillsboro, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Dawna Louellan Boss-Burges

Blue Ridge, Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

 

Cheryle Ann Boggs

Sophia, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies

 

Brian Dwain Bradley

Athens, West Virginia

Bachelor of Arts

 

Angela Whitacre Briley

Bluewell, West Virginia

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

 

Erin Kathryn Britton

Canvas, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science

 

Gary Shane Brown

Princeton, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

 

Gregory Wayne Brown

Cool Ridge, West Virginia

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts

 

Angela Denise Broyles

Bluefield, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies

 

Daniel H Campbell

Roanoke, Virginia

Bachelor of Arts

 

Nikki Fae Casto

Princeton, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science

 

Elizabeth Allie Caudell

Oceana, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Gregory Keith Circle

Athens, West Virginia

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts

 

Angela Dawn Clay

Skelton, West Virginia

Bachelor of Arts

 

Derek Joshua Cohenour

Princeton, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science

 

Kevin Neil Cole

Pipestem, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

 

Alicia Renee Collis

Princeton, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Shannon Lee Conley

Troutville, Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

 

Stacy Lee Cooper

Mount Hope, West Virginia

Bachelor of Social Work

 

Jordan Michael Cox

South Charleston, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Tourism Management

 

Rhonda Vivian Crockett

Bluefield, West Virginia

Regents Bachelor of Arts

 

Kelly Marie Crookshanks

Princeton, West Virginia

Bachelor of Arts

 

Elisia Paige Davis

Martinsburg, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies

 

Ericka Dawn Davis

Scarbro, West Virginia

Bachelor of Social Work

 

Rebecca Marie Decker

Princeton, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Jeremy W Dempsey

Delbarton, West Virginia

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts

 

Jennifer Beth Dillard

North Tazewell, Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Amia Lee Downes

Morgantown, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies

 

Stephanie Allison Draper

Princeton, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

 

Chad Everett Drennen

Normantown, West Virginia

Regents Bachelor of Arts

 

Allen James Duncan III

Blue Ridge, Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

 

Faith Ellen Dunn

Princeton, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Amanda Dawn Ellison

Hinton, West Virginia

Bachelor of Arts

 

Amy Michelle Ellison

Athens, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

 

Amanda Nicole Elmore

Union, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Gregory Andrew Faulstich

Leonardtown, Maryland

Bachelor of Science

 

Ernest Nathan Flaim

Hillsboro, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science

 

Tonya Nicole Fraley

Oceana, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

 

Tanya M Freeman

Bluefield, West Virginia

Bachelor of Arts

 

Lelia Ann Fry

Princeton, West Virginia

Bachelor of Arts

 

Dalena Lynette Galyean

Princeton, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Jessie Lynn Gantt

Bowie, Maryland

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts

 

Nathan Seth Gladwell

Clarksburg, West Virginia

Regents Bachelor of Arts

 

Albert Buford Goins

Laurel Fork, Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Tourism Management

 

Angela Danita Haines

Welch, West Virginia

Bachelor of Social Work

 

Kathy Leigh Hall

Princeton, West Virginia

Bachelor of Arts

 

April Denise Hamon

Tioga, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

 

Tonya Beth Hardin-Carter

Spanishburg, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

BACHELOR OF ARTS

 

Daniel Adam Harnsberger

Beckley, West Virginia

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts

 

Emily Blair Hartling

Beckley, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science

 

Shawn Patrick Hatfield

Peterstown, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Heather Ann Heath

Princeton, West Virginia

Regents Bachelor of Arts

 

Craig Michael Hedrick

Ronceverte, West Virginia

Bachelor of Arts

 

Laura Louise Helton

Princeton, West Virginia

Bachelor of Social Work

 

April Nicole Henderson

Beckley, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science

 

Melissa Dawn Hendrick

Beaver, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

 

Leah Louise Hicks

Princeton, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

 

Anga Leah Hodges-McCarus

Daniels, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies

 

Amanda Marie Hughes

Narrows, Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

 

Stephen Arthur Hughes

Princeton, West Virginia

Bachelor of Arts

 

Patricia Diane Hylton

Shady Spring, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Stephanie Diane Johnson

Culloden, West Virginia

Regents Bachelor of Arts

 

Bobby James Jones

Quinwood, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Christy Rene Jones

Beckley, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Joseph Neil Keller

Beckley, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Kendra Cherie Kelly

Princeton, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Kamal Khalid

Ocean City, Maryland

Bachelor of Science

 

Elizabeth Ann King

Lerona, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Steven Joseph Lawhorn

Fayetteville, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies

 

Melody Renee Lester

Princeton, West Virginia

Bachelor of Arts

 

Linda S Lewis

Crab Orchard, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Amy Elizabeth Lilly

Athens, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Mary Kathryn Losch

Fenwick, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Tabitha Snowe Lusk

Mullens, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Jennifer Lauren Maddox

Princeton, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

 

Douglas Cole Malcolm

Saint Albans, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

 

Mary Megan Mann

Hinton, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

 

Andrea Marino

Buckhannon, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

Bachelor of Science

 

Beverly James Maxwell

Spanishburg, West Virginia

Regents Bachelor of Arts

 

Damion Maynard

Fredericksburg, Virginia

Bachelor of Arts

 

Kameron Kirkup Meeteer

Waynesboro, Virginia

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Jeffrey Scott Mitchem

Princeton, West Virginia

Bachelor of Arts

 

Robert Samuel Moore III

Beckley, West Virginia

Bachelor of Arts

 

Amanda Marie Moreland

Ridgeley, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Thomas Matthew Mould

Bluefield, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

 

Kyra Annita Narain

Hollis, New York

Bachelor of Arts

 

Salim Nasiru

Ondo State, Nigeria

Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems

 

Angela K Neal

Princeton, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Cynthia Darlene Norosky

Athens, West Virginia

Regents Bachelor of Arts

 

Erin O'Neal

Hinton, West Virginia

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

 

Jarrod Dale Ogden

Mechanicsville, Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

 

Jason Kristofer Olson

Athens, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Jennifer Rae Quintana

Daniels, West Virginia

Bachelor of Arts

 

Kristin Lynn Rafferty

MacArthur, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

 

John W Ramsey II

Princeton, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Kerry Alycia Richmond

Bramwell, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Robert W Sandell Jr

Pound Ridge, New York

Regents Bachelor of Arts

 

Sathappan Santhanam

Tamil Nadu, India

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

 

Robert Keith Sexton

Athens, West Virginia

Bachelor of Arts

 

Kevin David Shaffer

Beckley, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Michael Paul Shrewsbury

Mullens, West Virginia

Bachelor of Social Work

 

Janet Kristen Sims

Danese, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

George F Smith

Mount Hope, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Hannah Stewart Smith

Parkersburg, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

 

Max Nolan Sopher

Beckley, West Virginia

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts

 

Bryant Edward Spencer

Martinsville, Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

 

Justin C Stephenson

Gaithersburg, Maryland

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies

 

Heather Andreana Stokes

Mabscott, West Virginia

Bachelor of Arts

 

Laura Crystalena Stokes

Mabscott, West Virginia

Bachelor of Social Work

 

Richard Andrew Strader

Hurricane, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

 

Delano Charles Sweeney

Athens, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems

 

Cassandra Dawn Terry

Alderson, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Jennifer Renee Thomas

Peterstown, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Susan Lynn Thorn

Welch, West Virginia

Bachelor of Social Work

 

Kelli Suzanne Trent

Princeton, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

 

Jason Ray Underwood

Rock, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Tara Nicole Vance

Bluefield, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Kasey Dawn Voloski

Beckley, West Virginia

Bachelor of Arts

 

Islam Mohammed Wali

Sokoto, Nigeria

Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems

 

Jason Dale Ward

Greenville, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Andrea Dawn Webb

Princeton, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

 

Terri Lynn Williams

Artie, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

Debra Charlene Williamson

Bluefield, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Amanda Dawn Wills

Ghent, West Virginia

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Jocelyn Rochelle Woods

Princeton, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Lori Beth Woolridge

Bluefield, West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Education

 

Lesley Marie Workman

Ramsey, West Virginia

Bachelor of Arts

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