West Virginia University at Parkersburg commencement set for Saturday

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia University at Parkersburg will hold its winter commencement at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the College Activities Center.

Commencement speaker will be Robert Boone, president of the Bernard McDonough Foundation.

WVU-P plans to award 261 certificates, associate’s and bachelor’s degrees to 241 students. More than 120 students are planning to participate in the graduation ceremony.

The Bernard McDonough Foundation is a private philanthropic foundation in Parkersburg. It provides financial support to assist with basic human needs, basic health and social welfare.

“We are thrilled to have Mr. Boone on campus to speak at commencement and share the importance of community involvement,” said Jane Milley, WVU-P interim president. “We want to encourage our graduates to use the skills and knowledge they’ve gained during their time at WVU-P to become leaders and contributors in their communities.”

Because of a gift of $50,000 from the foundation, WVU-P launched its Early College program in 2016.

Boone earned his associate’s degree from WVU-P in 1977 when the college was Parkersburg Community College. He earned his bachelor’s in accounting from Marshall University in 1979 and received his Certified Public Accountant license in 1992.

He has worked for the McDonough Corp. for 18 years and held various positions at the organization, including chief financial officer and director of special projects. Prior to joining the McDonough Corp., Boone worked in several public accounting firms over his 38-year career and also owned and operated a medical billing company.

He was named Outstanding CPA in Business and Industry in 2001 by the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. Boone has also served on various local nonprofit boards and currently serves on the Investment Committee of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and the board of Philanthropy West Virginia.