Davis & Elkins College plans commencement

Davis & Elkins College is preparing for its 104th Commencement Weekend, scheduled for May 17 and 18. More than 120 students will receive their diplomas.

Parents, family members and friends will be in Elkins for several celebrations scheduled throughout campus. All ceremonies are open to the public and will be held in the Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium. No tickets are necessary to attend.

Events begin at 4 p.m. May 17, with the Nurses’ Pinning Ceremony. Davis & Elkins College alumna and Army Nurse Corps Commissioned Officer Cpt. Carrie Ann Davidson, RN-BSN-BC, MPH, will serve as the keynote speaker. The traditional event will include a rose presentation and the candlelit Florence Nightingale pledge.

The Baccalaureate Service and Recognition of Graduates is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 17 with speaker Davis & Elkins College Benfield-Vick Chaplain the Rev. Kevin Starcher. Graduating seniors will lead the service of praise and worship celebrating the accomplishments of the Class of 2013. The service will include the presentation of Academic Hoods and Honor Cords.

On May 18, the 104th Commencement Ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. Davis & Elkins College President G.T. “Buck” Smith will deliver the address. John C. Allen Jr., an architectural historian in Jefferson County, will be recognized with an honorary degree.

Graceland Inn will host a Commencement Buffet Luncheon following the ceremonies from noon to 2:30 p.m. Reservations are required by calling 304-637-1600.