West Virginia University at Parkersburg commencement set for today

PARKERSBURG — West Virginia University at Parkersburg will hold its 47th annual spring commencement ceremony 10:30 a.m. today in the College Activities Center.

Commencement speaker will be Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.

The college will award 387 certificates, associate’s and bachelor’s degrees to more than 300 students, pending final grades. More than 140 students are planning to participate in the ceremony, including international students from Lithuania and Nigeria.

During commencement, WVU-Parkersburg will announce the Bernard P. McDonough Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year and award emeritus status to past faculty and staff. Nominations for the McDonough Award are from the campus community and submitted based on an individual’s contribution in service to the students, institution, community, and for professional activities and personal growth.

Emeritus status recipients include:

* William Brown, professor of engineering technology, 17 years of service.

* Stan Coberly, professor of English, 42 years of service; and

* Dave White, Director of Facilities and Grounds, 19 years of service.

David Traugh, Alumnus of the Year, also will be recognized.

Traugh is an Emmy award-winning film and television composer, and is best known for his work on the music of “Wild Things” and the TV show “King of Queens.”