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2018 OVU Graduates Celebrate


Vienna, W.Va.—The Office of the Registrar reports that 91 students were degree candidates for the 57th Annual OVU Commencement Ceremony held on May 5, 2018. “A full-capacity crowd in the Alumni Gymnasium applauded graduates who hail from 17 states and 8 foreign countries,” states OVU Registrar, Amy Gherke.

Diplomas for degrees were presented by OVU President, Dr. E. Keith Stotts upon the recommendation of OVU Provost, Dr. Joy Jones. Eighty-one graduates earned baccalaureate degrees, 3 earned associate degrees, and 7 were awarded Masters of Education. Jones notes that the first 2 graduates in the innovative academic program, Forensic Investigative Accounting, received their degrees in the May 5th ceremony.

Attending graduates of the OVU class of 1968 received special recognition. Joining the class of 2018 in the processional and celebrating their 50th anniversary were these:

  • Ann Butterfield
  • Dave Butterfield
  • Dan Doak
  • Mary Anderson Janicki
  • Joe Mason
  • Terri Starkey
  • Bob Stephens
  • Ridglea Stephens

“These 1968 graduates are a significant part of the rich history of this institution,” acknowledges Don Lallathin, OVU Director of Philanthropy. Among all alumni, Bob Stephens is the first and only to become president of the university.

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Chartered in 1958, Ohio Valley University is a faith-based, residential, liberal arts college founded by members of the Church of Christ. Students of all faiths are accepted and encouraged to apply. The university offers a variety of baccalaureate and master’s degrees to students from 26 states and 25 nations. To learn more visit www.ovu.edu.