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Commencement 2018

Paul T. McDermott ’83, president and chief executive officer of the Washington Real Estate Investment Trust in Washington, D.C., delivered the undergraduate address during Shepherd’s 145th Commencement ceremony on May 5. He was awarded a Doctor of Business honorary degree during the ceremony. Bachelor’s degrees were awarded to 642 students during the ceremony. McDermott is pictured with President Mary J.C. Hendrix ’74.

Dr. Paul Welch, a physician/nephrologist caring for patients in Berkeley and Jefferson counties and president of the medical staff at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, delivered the commencement address to master’s and doctoral degree candidates. He received a Doctor of Science honorary degree during the ceremony. Sixty students received graduate degrees. Pictured (l. to r.) are Dr. Chris Lovelace, Welch, Dr. Marcia Brand, and President Mary J.C. Hendrix.

The Friends of Popodicon, a volunteer group working to bring Popodicon and its gardens back to their original grandeur, were presented the President’s Award for their service to the university. Representing the Friends of Popodicon are (l. to r.) Terry Wells, Anne Small ’67, Tia McMillan, Carol Kable, Marty Kable, Peachy Staley ’70, Sara Lueck ’67, John Miller, Elisabeth Staro, and Jim Staley ’68.

Shepherd University graduated its first-ever class of doctoral students during the 145th Commencement May 5. Nine students received their Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) degree during the graduate ceremony in the Frank Center Theater. Shepherd’s D.N.P. program trains family nurse practitioners and nurse leaders. The program is designed to produce professionals who embrace health care reform and who are advocates for vulnerable populations. Pictured (front row, l. to r.) are Cara Burker, Sharpsburg, Maryland; Barbara Sherman, Hedgesville; Amanda Mills, Harpers Ferry; and Sarah Cave, Bunker Hill; second row, Stephen Johnston, Harpers Ferry; Margaret Kenny, Shepherdstown; John Considine, Charles Town; Caroline McLeod, Shepherdstown; and Andrew Keel, Harpers Ferry.

A special commencement ceremony for student athletes who were unable to attend the 145th Commencement was held on May 7 in the Frank Center Theater. Degrees were awarded to seven athletes from the softball, baseball, and women’s lacrosse teams, all of whom played in competition during commencement weekend. Pictured (l. to r.) are Acting Provost Scott Beard, Nicholas Hammer (baseball), Kaitlin Munda (softball), Molly Staley (softball), Jessica Robinson (softball), Sarah Wendt (women’s lacrosse), Casey Hickman (women’s lacrosse), Daniel Galati (baseball), Chauncey Winbush, vice president for athletics, and President Mary J.C. Hendrix.