Category Archives: Graduation

WLU releases plans for 2017 fall commencement

By Jalyn Bolyard, Online Editor

West Liberty’s Fall 2017 Commencement Ceremony will take place at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 9 in the ASRC. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. and tickets are not required to enter. A reception will follow commencement in the College Union immediately after. 

Hilltoppers ready for spring 2017 commencement 

By Natasha Muhametzyanova, Contributing Writer

May is here, which means seniors are ready to say goodbye to West Liberty University. 
WLU will hold its Spring 2017 commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 13 in the Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex (ASRC).  

WL art students are preparing to go from students to professionals

Story Provided by Brett Cox, Megan Jones and Asia Waggle 

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va.— West Liberty senior art students are showcasing their best work at the Senior Exhibition on Wednesday, April 19th. The opening reception is to be held at the Nutting Art Gallery from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The show is free and the art work is to be displayed up until Thursday, May 11th.  

Try not to stress over job-hunting after graduation 

By Megan Jones, Advertising Manager
Graduation is almost a month away, which is causing seniors on the hilltop to feel a little panicky. We’ve already graduated once, so what is there to be afraid of? Graduate school applications, building your resume, writing a cover letter, finding a good paying job, paying off student loans and possibly becoming homeless. Okay, I understand why you’re scared now!

Hilltoppers prepare for fall 2016 commencement 

By Natasha Muhametzyanova, Contributing Writer 
West Liberty University will hold its Fall 2016 commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 in the Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex (ASRC). 
“One hundred and thirty-eight students are expected to complete graduation requirements during the fall semester,” said vice-president of student services Scott Cook. The complete list of summer and fall 2016 graduates participating in the ceremony is on page 4 of the print edition of The Trumpet. 

WLU welcomes Dianna Vargo as graduation speaker

By Nicole Henry, Distribution Manager

The Spring Commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 in the Academic, Sports and Recreational Complex (ASRC) at 11 a.m. Ohio County Schools Superintendent Dr. Dianna Vargo will deliver the commencement address

Vargo is a resident of Wheeling, W. Va., and is an Ohio University alumna. She earned a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Mathematics at Ohio University in 1981, a Masters of Arts in Science/Mathematics Education from Wheeling Jesuit College in 1987, a Master of Arts in Education Administration from West Virginia University in 1993, and a Doctoral in Educational Leadership from West Virginia University in 2009.

Fall Commencement Includes Surprise Moment as Dr. John McCullough is Named 35th President of WLU

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WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Dec. 12, 2015 — West Liberty University Interim President Dr. John P. McCullough presided over the Fall Commencement exercises held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 12, in the Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex (ASRC).

Just a few minutes into the ceremony, the program took a unique turn as Chairman of the Board of Governors George Couch announced a surprise change in Dr. McCullough’s title.

Congrats to WLU’s Spring 2015 Graduates

By Hannah Mason, Assistant Editor

Congratulations to the 385 West Liberty University students who graduated to alumni at the Spring 2015 Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 9. The ceremony was held in the Academic, Sports, and Recreation Complex (ASRC).

WLU presents the 2015 Senior Colloquium

By Jessica Broverman, Editor

The third annual Senior Colloquium was held in the Alumni Room on Monday May 4. The Senior Colloquium is an academic seminar in which professors and students come together as soon-to-be graduates elaborate on their senior capstone projects. This year’s colloquium included three different capstone groups.

The first group to present included Tara Adamczyk, Nathan Johnson, and Katie Ralbusky, all of which are Journalism majors. The group used their different minors to research domestic violence in and around the West Liberty and Wheeling area. These students received donations for domestic violence shelters and delivered thirty bins of personal care items.

What Comes After Graduation?

By Kyle Taylor, Contributing Writer

On May 9th, many WLU seniors are going to graduate. They have plenty of work to do before hand, like attending commencement, graduation fee, attending the graduation fair, paying off any financial obligations, and of course, being sure that they’ve met all the requirements for their major. All this is necessary in order to graduate, but there’s just as much work after graduation for students. After that is when one must try to get a job using what they’ve learned at college, which can be just as daunting to those who are unprepared.

One thing that many employers will immediately look at is whether you’re an undergraduate or a graduate student. For those who don’t know, undergraduate programs lead to getting an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in their field. Graduate students are the ones trying to earn a master’s degree or doctorate. These different degrees will help sway people looking to hire for students, both for what they will have them do as well as if they should hire them on at all.