WHEELING - A total of 379 students will be receiving 421 degrees during the West Virginia Northern Community College commencement ceremony scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, at WesBanco Arena in downtown Wheeling. The students will be receiving 421 degrees because some graduates have earned more than one degree.
The commencement's main address will be delivered by Joe Eddy, president and chief executive officer of Eagle Manufacturing Co. in Wellsburg.
Valedictorian for the class of 2014 is Hayley Argentine of Richmond. Prior to her remarks, Argentine will be given the Donald D. Nemanich and Sarah O. Bodkin Academic Excellence Award. The award is given by the faculty at Northern to honor the memory of two of their colleagues who died at early ages, leaving a legacy of classroom excellence.
The Distinguished Alumnus Award will be presented to David Hanes, of Sherrard, a 2002 Northern graduate who now is director of information technology at WVNCC.
Other speakers include Sigourney Kokosinski, of Wellsburg, Student Government Association president, and Kathy Herrington, professor of psychology, sociology and human services, and president of the Faculty Assembly.
Martin J. Olshinsky, president of Northern, will provide the welcome and introductions. Vicki Riley, vice president of academic affairs, and the Rev. Darrell Cummings, president of the WVNCC Board of Governors, will confer degrees and certificates.
Daughter of Todd and Sandy Argentine, the valedictorian will graduate with an associate of applied science degree in radiography. The 2011 graduate of Edison High School attended the University of Akron for a year before enrolling at WVNCC with the goal of becoming a radiologic technologist. She consistently made President's List academic honors during her career at Northern.
Argentine is a member of Who's Who Among American College Students and also is a member of the West Virginia Society of Radiologic Technologists. She says she spends her leisure time with family and friends.
Hanes graduated from Union Local High School in 1989, said he was not ready for college and instead entered the U.S. Air Force where he worked in computer operations. In 1992, he joined IBM in La Jolla, CA, and from 1993-97 worked for General Bottlers in Toledo, OH.
The distinguished alumnus then returned to the Ohio Valley, working in computer operations for Uniscribe Professional Services in Warwood from 1998-99. After graduating from Northern, where he was named to Phi Theta Kappa and to "Who's Who," he joined the college's computer operations staff in 2003.