West Liberty University will hold its Spring 2014 Commencement Ceremony at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 10, in the Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex (ASRC). Three hundred and fifty two students are expected to complete graduation requirements during the spring semester. 

Student Commencement Speaker Lindsay Cervenak.

Student Commencement Speaker Lindsay Cervenak.

Commencement speaker West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman will address the graduates and guests, speaking on “May You Have A Story To Tell.”

Lindsay Cervenak, Weirton, W.Va., was selected as the graduating student speaker. Cervenak is the highest-ranking student from the College of Education, having earned a 4.0 GPA.

“I’m honored to have this chance to be the student speaker on this important day and will talk about the development of character at WLU and how it impacts students, and our futures,” said Cervenak.

An elementary education major with a pre-K specialization, she most recently completed her student teaching at Hilltop Elementary School in Marshall County and also completed student teaching at Woodsdale Elementary.

She is the daughter of Colleen and Michael Cervanak and will be teaching at Noah’s Ark preschool, Wheeling, post commencement.

In addition, graduating seniors with the highest grade point average in each respective college carries the college banner during the Commencement Ceremony.

The following students will be serving as banner carriers:

  • College of Arts & Communication – Alan Cline, Wellsburg, W.Va.
  • College of Sciences – Nicole Baker, Cambridge, Ohio
  • Gary E. West College of Business – Daniel Gantzer, Wheeling
  • College of Education – Machele Miller, Moundsville, W.Va. and Heather Uttermohlen, Wheeling (tie)
  • College of Liberal Arts – Stacy Sumner, Toledo, Ohio
  • School of Professional Studies – Paul Harbert, Steubenville, Ohio

Doors will open for seating at 9:30 a.m. and admission tickets are not required. Parking will be available for guests behind the ASRC and a reception for graduates, guests and families will be held in the College Union immediately following the ceremony.

The Commencement Ceremony also will be televised live on WLU-TV 14 (Comcast Channel 14).

Led by President Robin C. Capehart, West Liberty University is a forward-looking, four-year public university steeped in a rich heritage as West Virginia’s oldest institution of higher education. Five colleges — the College of Arts and Communication, the College of Education, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Science and the Gary E. West College of Business — offer more than 60 majors and 30 programs. Graduate programs include the Master of Arts in Education and the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program.

Please call 1.866.WESTLIB for more information.