University Celebrates 2011 Spring Commencement

Nancy Agee

Nancy Howell Agee

Radford University celebrated its 2011 Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 7, with President Kyle conferring degrees upon 1,651 undergraduate and 321 graduate students who wore “eco-friendly” gowns for the first time in school history.

“What a glorious day it is,” said Kyle, addressing thousands of sun-soaked graduates and their family and friends on Moffett Lawn. “We are so very proud of you. We have loved having you here with us, but we look forward to welcoming you to the ranks of Radford University alumni.”

Carilion Clinic Chief Operating Officer/Executive Vice President Nancy Howell Agee, a Roanoke Valley leader who has come to know Radford University well as a member of the Board of Visitors since 2003, delivered inspiring remarks as the invited commencement speaker.

The eco-friendly, black caps and gowns were made from 100 percent, post-consumer recycled plastic bottles.

graduate hooding ceremony

President Kyle congratulates a graduate student.

Other commencement activity highlights included:

  • On Friday, Radford University’s ROTC commissioned 20 cadets as officers, the largest class in the
    program’s 32-year history.
  • Ninety-three graduates from the School of Nursing (SON) were pinned during the annual pinning ceremony.
  • The Radford University Center for Diversity and Inclusion held the 23rd Donning of the Kente and Graduado Ceremony, which honors graduating seniors of African-American and Latino heritages.
  • The College of Graduate and Professional Studies held their hooding and commencement ceremony in the Dedmon Center.
  • Radford honored six faculty members for their dedicated service and commitment to excellence.