On Saturday, May 7, Alderson Broaddus University held its 145th annual commencement ceremony in Rex Pyle Arena as 184 students successfully completed their college career.
This year’s commencement address was given by Senator William P. Cole III, President of the West Virginia Senate. Cole’s address to this year’s class, “The Solution is Within You”, challenged students to look within themselves and realize that their aspirations for the next chapter of their lives could be achieved with courage, determination, and faith.
Following the opening invocation by Dr. Danny Franke, President James “Tim” Barry welcomed students, faculty, families, friends, and community members to the ceremony.
After the welcome from President Barry, honorary degrees were presented to three recipients: J.D. Long, Doctor of Education, Michael B. Sisson, Doctor of Divinity, and William P. Cole III, Doctor of Public Service.
During the ceremony, the West Virginians performed the national anthem and “Depart in Peace”.
The Outstanding Faculty Award was presented to Dr. Andrea Bucklew. Class President Alycia M. (Horner) Perrine lead the students in the turning of the tassel as the new graduates officially became Alderson Broaddus alumni.
President Barry closed the ceremony with the “Charge to the Graduates” address, followed by the closing benediction, read by Chaplain Carl W. Gittings.