Because of a rare snowfall on May 3, the MVC Commencement ceremony that usually takes place in sunny, even humid, weather on the Gregg-Mitchell Field has been moved to the Burns gym for tomorrow, May 4.
MVC Registrar Marsha Lashley said she’d never seen, in her 30 years at MVC, the need to move the Commencement ceremonuy inside because of snow in May. Many students and faculty members commented about the strange sight of the blanket of white throughout Marshall. The snowstorm, that also hit Kansas City, brought heavy, wet snow of one- to three-inches in Saline County.
According to an e-mail from Lashley, the 2 p.m. Commencement ceremony was moved to the Burn gym, with only senior group photos taking place in Eckilson-Mabee Theater at 1:15 p.m. No faculty or board group photos will be taken this year.
This is also the first year in a long time that a Baccalaureate ceremony, usually held in the morning of graduation day, won’t be held. The snowfall had nothing to do with that change, as the Baccalaureate ceremony had been canceled earlier in the year. A special ceremony for the first graduates of the Nursing major is set for tomorrow morning at Eckilson-Mabee Theater.
Because the Commencement ceremony has been moved inside and there is limited space, there will be live video-streaming of the event in both the theater and the cafeteria. The cafeteria is recommended for family members and friends with small children, as the location will allow for room to get up and walk around and the beverage service will be open for guests during that time.
The Commencement ceremony speaker will be Dr. Hiram Davis, who has had a long career in higher education, including working at the Library of Congress. Davis came to MVC in 1962 and was the first black student to live on campus and the second to play football for Coach Volney Ashford. He received his degree in Economics and English in 1966.
Other Commencement participants are MVC President Bonnie Humphrey, Board Member Gary Ford, Alumni President Tom Hayob, MVC chaplain Pam Sebastian, Music Associate Professor Diana Malan, Faculty Senate President Heather Troth, Physics Professor John Gault, master’s degree graduate Ralitsa Gospodinova, senior Raymond Banks, and senior Kaylee Bartolotta, with presentations by Sharon Weiser, vice president of Academic Affairs, and Registrar Marsha Lashley.