109 Alderson Broaddus University students become alumni

PHILIPPI, W.Va. – On Saturday, May 11, 2013, 109 graduates proudly received their diplomas, becoming alumni of Alderson Broaddus University. 

This year's graduation was significant as it marked the final year in which AB will ever graduate anyone using the word "college."

Dr. Wiley Cash, an award-winning, best-selling author for The New York Times, gave the commencement address. He advised the graduates to embrace silence, telling them to turn off their radios and TVs.

“Enjoy the feeling of being disconnected," said Cash. "Leave your cell phone at home. I dare you. The world will go on."

Cash also told the Class of 2013 to "hold on to this day as long as you can.” He said when people are young, they worry about their future. Then when people get older, they worry about their past, wondering if they made the right choices. 

"We forget about now," he said. "We forget to listen to the world around us. Look around, not at the world that was, not at the world that will be, but at the world that is now."

Cash received the honorary degree, Doctor of Letters. Honorary degrees were also conferred upon Barbara Sims, associate professor of speech communication who received a Doctor of Humanities; the Rev. Dr. Stephen Willis was honored with a Doctor of Divinity; and AB officials surprised President Richard Creehan with a Doctor of Education.

Alderson Broaddus University is experiencing a remarkable transformation. Since Creehan became president in June 2011, enrollment has grown from 640 to 870 and it is expected to hit 1,000 total undergraduate and graduate students in the fall 2013. School officials also announced in April that AB will become Alderson Broaddus University on July 1, 2013.

To view photos of commencement, please visit the AB Flickr account by clicking hereA full audio and video recording of the ceremony will be posted in the coming weeks. Please check back soon.

On behalf of the faculty, staff, and administration of Alderson Broaddus University, we wish the Class of 2013 the best of luck in their future endeavors and God’s many blessings!