GSC CELEBRATES 130TH COMMENCEMENT - Col. Larry Godfrey Keynote Speaker

Over 850 people were in attendance at Glenville State College's 130th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 8. Those in attendance gathered in the Jesse R. Lilly, Jr. Gymnasium at 10 a.m. on Saturday to watch more than 150 of the College's graduates accept their degrees.

Throughout the ceremony, College administrators and faculty spoke to the graduates about the importance of the degree that they were receiving and the difference their education will make on their lives.

"For all of your accomplishments you have a right to feel great satisfaction," stated Dr. Robert Freeman, President of Glenville State College. "This Commencement signifies that new beginning . . . the beginning of the rest of your life."

Col. (Dr.) Larry James Godfrey, serving as the keynote speaker for the ceremony, added to that sentiment. "This ceremony is an open testament to your hard work, determination and ability," stated Godfrey. "It is a reaffirmation of your hopes, your desires and the righteousness of the course you have chosen for your life."

In addition to the 2004 graduates, 15 of the 50-year graduates from 1954 were also in attendance. Each of the 50-year graduates walked across the stage once again to accept a medallion to wear proudly around their neck. The 50-year graduates were also honored at a reception and dinner on Friday evening, where they received gift bags full of various GSC memorabilia.

A number of individuals were recognized during the ceremony, including the Emeriti professors. The Emeriti Faculty ranking is the highest that a faculty member can attain. Those recognized as Emeriti faculty this year included Mr. Ralph Bame, Mr. Edwin Grafton, Dr. James Hilgenberg, Jr., Dr. Sharon Kraus, Dr. Christopher Orr, Mr. Harry Rich, Mr. Philip Rossano, Mr. Owen Stanley, Dr. Irvin "Duke" Talbott and Dr. Barbara Tedford.

There were several awards handed out during the ceremony as well. Dr. Wayne de Rosset was presented with the Outstanding Faculty Award. Amanda Mortelette and Justin Simmons were recognized with the Student Leadership Award.

Following the ceremony, graduates, faculty, families and friends gathered on the lawn outside of the Physical Education Building and Clark Hall for a reception to visit with one another. Everyone appeared to enjoy the time, taking pictures and sharing stories before they left campus.