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2021 Class Graduates

D&E hosts 112th commencement

The Inter-Mountain photos by Brad Johnson Part of Davis & Elkins College’s Class of 2021 graduating seniors make their way to the Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium for one of three D&E commencement ceremonies Saturday.

ELKINS — Davis & Elkins College held its 112th commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2021 at the Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium Saturday.

“Graduates, congratulations,” D&E President Chris A. Wood said Saturday. “You make your soon-to-be alma mater, your families and your friends, whether in this auditorium or watching by live-stream, very proud.”

Due to COVID-19 precautions, the ceremonies took place in three separate sessions divided by academic programs: Nursing; Business, Education and Sport Science; and Creative Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences.

Each ceremony included the awarding of diplomas to graduates, remarks from the highest-ranking graduates, Wood and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Mark Barber, and a recorded message from Elkins Mayor Jerry Marco.

“My wife and I are graduates of Davis & Elkins College,” Marco said while congratulating the graduates during his message. “We were here many years ago but we will forever be Senators.”

The West Virginia Highlanders of Davis & Elkins College lead the march of Class of 2021 graduating seniors toward the Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium.

“It is celebration time at Davis & Elkins College,” Wood said during his remarks. “Today is the time for our graduating seniors when all of the hard work, the hopes, the dreams, come to fruition. For in a few minutes I will be privileged, this year, not to shake hands but to bump elbows with you, and to bestow the diploma to each of our deserving graduates, knowing that each piece of parchment symbolizes so much more than the completion of a course of study.

“For each of our students, the diploma represents the acknowledgement of an accomplishment, as well as the opportunity to pursue dreams. Graduation is not possible without hard work. It is not possible without late-night studying. It is not possible without the expansion of intellectual horizons, and not possible without social growth

“Graduation is not possible without dedicated faculty, that figuratively literally pour themselves into their students, filling them with knowledge, with curiosity, with confidence,” Wood said. “A D&E grad has a bigger picture of our world, and a grasp of the complexities of our culture. And they also graduate with an understanding of our responsibility to God’s world, and to God’s people.”

All ceremonies were live-streamed on the internet to allow additional family members and friends to join in the celebration.

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