Radford University will celebrate its 2012 Spring Commencement Friday and Saturday, with President Penelope W. Kyle conferring degrees on nearly 2,000 graduates.
Virginia Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling will be the featured speaker at the main ceremony Saturday on the university’s Moffett Lawn.
The weekend's events will begin Friday at 11 a.m. with the U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) commissioning ceremony in the auditorium of the Hurlburt Student Center. Other events Friday will be:
- School of Nursing pinning ceremony, 2-2:30 p.m., Bondurant Auditorium, Preston Hall.
- College of Education and Human Development awards ceremony, 3-4:30, Hurlburt Auditorium.
- Donning of the Kente and Graduado, 7-8 p.m., Hurlburt Auditorium.
- College of Graduate and Professional Studies commencement and hooding ceremony, 6-8 p.m., Dedmon Center.
Saturday will begin with a coffee for graduates and their guests at the Hurlburt Student Center. An information center will be set up in front of Fairfax Hall with staff available to answer questions, give directions and provide assistance for those needing special accommodations. Seating for friends and families for the main ceremony will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Candidates for graduation will assemble at 9 a.m. in their assigned areas to line up for the processional, which will begin at 10 a.m. The commencement ceremony will follow at 10:30 a.m. The Virginia Highlands Pipes and Drums will lead the procession of candidates, faculty members and the platform party into the ceremony.
Detailed information about the day's events, including inclement weather announcements, is on the university's commencement webpage.