President Hazo W. Carter, Jr. To Address WVSU May Commencement


President Hazo W. Carter, Jr. To Address WVSU May Commencement

INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- West Virginia State University (WVSU) will hold its commencement exercises at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 13 in the Charleston Civic Center.   Approximately 250 students are expected to receive master's or bachelor's degrees.  Included in those will be the first student to earn a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, Donald McClain, of Sissonville.

President Hazo W. Carter, Jr. will give the keynote address.  This will be his 50th commencement as President of WVSU.  He has addressed the graduating class on three earlier years.  Since Dr. Carter became president in 1987, the University has awarded 14,543 degrees.   

Dr. Carter has had a long and distinguished career at the helm of WVSU continually demonstrating his leadership abilities and his devotion of “State” and its students. Shortly after he took office he began a quest to regain the, then, College’s land-grant status that had been transferred in the 1950s.  Since “State” was the only institution to have the status removed, there was no precedent for recovering it. Undeterred Dr. Carter and members of his administration persevered.  In 2000, after a 12 year quest West Virginia State was once again recognized on both the state and federal levels as an 1890 land-grant institution with accompanying funding to carry out its mission.

With the land-grant status restored, Dr. Carter began the campaign for West Virginia State to be designated a university.  West Virginia State University become a reality in 2004.  These achievements, accompanied by two highly successful accreditations by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the addition of graduate programs, and many other accomplishments are indicative of President Carter’s commitment to academic excellence and his outstanding career as an educator.

Dr. Carter will transition to President Emeritus status on July 1, 2012.  His priority will be on  fund raising for WVSU.

During the ceremony President Carter will bestow an honorary doctor of divinity to Reverend Emanuel Alfonso Heyliger, senior pastor of Ferguson Memorial Baptist Church in Dunbar.  He will also name the recipients of the Hazo W. Carter Presidential Awards for alumni, business, community and education.                

Dr. R. Charles Byers, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, will serve as Grand Marshal.

West Virginia State University commencements are open to the public.

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