Alderson Broaddus University celebrated its 151st Commencement on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at the historic Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center in Clarksburg, West Virginia.
The 2022 graduating class included ten Master of Science in Information Technology Administration degree recipients and 119 undergraduate students from its five Colleges – the College of Business, the College of Health, Science, Technology and Mathematics, the College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences, and the College of Adult and Distance Education. The 129 members of the Class of 2022 represent a generation of adults prepared to serve the AB mission as well-rounded, responsible citizens contributing to society.
“I speak for the entire faculty and staff when I say how proud I am of the Class of 2022,” remarks Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Andrea J. Buckle. “These graduates faced unprecedented obstacles during their college careers, and yet they not only persevered, they thrived. I know they will be as successful in their next endeavors as they have been at Alderson Broaddus University.”
Honorary degrees were conferred to Melanie P. Cox ’61 for the Doctor of Public Service; Glen E. Combs ’73 received the degree of Doctor of Education and Dr. Hubert L. Fleming ’78 was bestowed the honorary degree of Doctor of Science.
As an internationally recognized authority in global infrastructure, Dr. Fleming also delivered the Commencement address titled, “The AB Experience and Embracing the Future.” Advice from Dr. Hubert Fleming came from his roots in West Virginia, his time spent at Alderson Broaddus University, and as a successful businessman, “know who you are and where you come from. Hold on to your moral compass and stay true to yourself. Apply the skills you’ve been given in your life and the tools you’ve earned while at Alderson Broaddus University, and most importantly, make positive contributions to society.”
Upon completing the conferring of the degrees by Alderson Broaddus University President Dr. James “Tim” Barry, Senior Class President, and Honors graduate Carson G. Comer ’22 gave a brief but emotional address to his classmates and presided over the ‘turning of the tassel.’
This year’s Commencement ceremony also included a special presentation from Secretary of State Mac Warner to Alderson Broaddus University with the coveted West Virginia Centurion Chamber of Commerce Award for its 151 years of continuous operation.