Nearly 200 students who had a long road with several hurdles will finish the race Wednesday evening with commencement exercises scheduled at Mountain State University. The ceremony will make the last for the university.
MSU will be replaced by the University of Charleston next month. UC will operate both the Beckley and Martinsburg campuses and offer new degree programs.
A degree from MSU was much in doubt earlier this year when the university lost its general accreditation. But the Higher Learning Commission did approve a teach-out plan that allowed for current students to complete the fall semester.
“Everyone at Mountain State University is proud of this year’s graduates,” Interim President Dr. Richard E. Sours said in a prepared statement. “They have persevered under stressful conditions and have continued to excel. Now they have achieved their goals and will move on to exciting and rewarding careers. This is the reason our faculty and staff continue to work hard, and we all take great satisfaction in the achievements of these graduates.”
MSU began in 1933 as Beckley College. The 2013-14 would have been its 80th anniversary.
MSU will confer 658 degrees to 624 students this month. 180 students will march Wednesday evening.