Col. Larry J. Godfrey will deliver the keynote address at the 130th Commencement ceremony at Glenville State College this Saturday.

A native of Calhoun County, Godfrey will speak to the over 300 graduates of the Class of 2004, their families, friends and faculty, as well as GSC alumni and community members.

A native of Grantsville, W.Va., Godfrey was a 1974 graduate of GSC. Upon his graduation from Calhoun County High School in 1967, Colonel Godfrey enlisted in the United States Army. After completing his training to qualify as a Special Forces Weapons Specialist, Col. Godfrey deployed to the Republic of Vietnam where he served with the 5th Special Forces group and F Company, 75th Rangers as a reconnaissance team leader.

After being severely wounded in action, then Staff Sergeant Godfrey returned to the United States to recover from his injuries. He was discharged from the Army in 1970 and immediately enrolled in college.

Following his graduation, Magna Cum Laude, from GSC, with majors in both Chemistry and Biology, Colonel Godfrey attended West Virginia University where he received his Medical Doctorate degree in 1978. After graduation, he returned to active duty with the Army, receiving a direct commission as a Captain.

Ultimately receiving his current rank, Col. Godfrey is trained in Anatomic, Clinical, and Forensic Pathology, Aerospace medicine and holds ratings as an Army and Naval Flight Surgeon. Throughout his medical career, Col. Godfrey has been an active operator in most of our major military engagements starting with Vietnam.

Currently, Col. Godfrey is a professor at the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and the Director of Medical Systems in the Department of Command, Leadership and Management. In addition to his Doctorate in Medicine from WVU, Col. Godfrey holds a Masters in Strategic Studies from the Army War College and is completing a Masters in Public Administration at Shippensburg University.

During the Commencement ceremony, GSC Emeriti Professors will be recognized, as well as the Outstanding Faculty member and Student Leadership awardees. The GSC Class of 1954 will also be honored as 50-year graduates.

The Commencement ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Jesse R. Lilly, Jr. Gymnasium on the College campus. A luncheon will be held immediately following the ceremony for all graduates and their families and friends in the Heflin Student Union.