University Celebrates Winter Commencement

The Radford University community welcomed family and friends to campus on Saturday, Dec. 17, to celebrate the 2011 Winter Commencement ceremonies.

A joint commencement program began at 10 a.m. in Bondurant Auditorium, Preston Hall, for the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences. At 1 p.m., degrees were awarded to graduates of four colleges: Business and Economics, Science and Technology, Visual and Performing Arts, and Health and Human Services.

Three happy graduates

Radford University's 2011 Winter Commencement ceremonies were held on Saturday, Dec. 17.

President Penelope W. Kyle formally conferred degrees on 399 undergraduate students.

“Today is a celebration of the transformation from who you were when you arrived on this campus to who you are today sitting before me in cap and gown today,” Kyle said. “You will be educators, health care providers, artists and leaders of business and industry. The prospects are endless. There are no limits to what you can achieve with your Radford University degree.”


Degrees were conferred on 399 undergraduate students during winter commencement ceremonies.

The most popular undergraduate degrees were interdisciplinary studies (48), nursing (37), management (29), criminal justice (24) and exercise, sport and health education (24).

Student Government Association President Emily Redd thanked the university’s faculty and the graduates’ families for their support. Though leaving the place they have called home will be challenging, she said, the graduates can be excited about the future and successful in finding their place in the world.

“If we as Radford graduates go into the world with open hearts and open minds, there is nothing in this world we can’t accomplish,” Redd said. “Ultimately, the creations of our hands will crumble, but the lineage of the mind continues forever. Our ideas, our passions, our pursuits can be immortal, if we have the gumption to seek them and to never relent in pursuit of a dream.”

On Friday night, the university held a hooding and commencement ceremony for 108 graduate students, including its first Master of Occupational Therapy class and the first three Doctor of Nursing Practice recipients.

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Dec 17, 2011
Bonnie Erickson