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D&E, WVWC commencements set

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ELKINS — Both Davis & Elkins College and West Virginia Wesleyan College will hold commencement ceremonies this weekend.

D&E will host commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2021 at the Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium today. The ceremonies will take place in three separate sessions divided by academic programs.

The three sessions will be Nursing; Business, Education and Sport Science; and Creative Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences.

Each ceremony will include the awarding of diplomas to graduates, remarks from the highest-ranking graduates, D&E President Chris A. Wood and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Mark Barber, and a recorded message from Elkins Mayor Jerry Marco. Portions of the program have been pre-recorded.

To ensure the safety of everyone, guests are required to wear a mask at all times and practice social distancing. Please check in with the Office of Public Safety located in the Gatehouse upon arrival.

All ceremonies will be live-streamed on dewv.edu to allow additional family members and friends to join in the celebration.

On Sunday, Wesleyan’s outdoor commencement exercises for the Class of 2021 will be at 10 a.m. at Cebe Ross Field.

Dr. Patrice Harris, the first Black woman to serve as president of the American Medical Association and a West Virginia native, will be the keynote speaker.

Harris grew up in Bluefield, West Virginia, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, a Master of Arts in counseling psychology and her medical degree all from West Virginia University. Harris has chaired the AMA Opioid Task Force since its creation in 2014.

“We know that West Virginia has been hit particularly hard regarding the opioid epidemic,” Harris said in a Zoom interview with local media this week. “I also know that there are significant issues with chronic disease such as hypertension and diabetes. And I also know we have a considerable number of our population who use tobacco.

“So those are critical health issues and those are challenges. But as I always say, with challenges come opportunities,” Harris said. “We have to look at the determinants of health that contribute to the health statistics of a particular state.

“Certainly we want to make sure we are focusing on education, and clearly that’s why I take any opportunity to come to any educational institution in my home state that’s working hard to education the residents of our state so that they can go on to whatever careers they choose.”

Graduates are limited to two guests and the ceremony will be livestreamed on wvwc.edu.

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