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Graduates from Left to Right: Kristina Lowe, Jessica Smarr, Taylor McClain Scott.

Glenville State University marks milestone with first graduates from Master of Arts in Education programs

GLENVILLE — Glenville State University recently announced a momentous occasion as it celebrated the graduation of the first students from its newly established graduate programs in education.  

The first Graduate Hooding Ceremony, held on December 8, marked a significant milestone in the university’s commitment to academic excellence and the advancement of education.  Graduates were also recognized during the Fall Commencement Ceremony on December 9.  

Amidst a backdrop of joy and accomplishment, three students proudly received their Master of Arts in Education degrees, representing the pioneering class of graduate students who have successfully completed their graduate programs at Glenville State University. Saturday’s commencement ceremony served as a testament to the dedication and hard work exhibited by these graduates throughout their academic journey. The students were:

  • Taylor McClain Scott – Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction 
  • Jessica A. Smarr – Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction 
  • Kristina L. Lowe – Master of Arts in Teaching 

Glenville State University expanded its academic offerings to include graduate programs in response to the evolving needs of students and the growing demand for advanced education. The university’s commitment to providing high-quality education and fostering intellectual growth has culminated in the successful graduation of students from this inaugural class.   

Glenville State University President, Mark A. Manchin, expressed immense pride in the achievements of the graduates, stating, “Today, we celebrate not only the academic accomplishments of the first graduate class but also the resilience and determination that have brought them to this moment. These graduates have set a precedent for excellence, and we look forward to witnessing the impact they will undoubtedly make in their respective fields.” 

Glenville State University remains dedicated to fostering a culture of innovation, research, and academic excellence. The introduction of graduate programs aligns with the university’s mission to prepare students for leadership roles in their chosen fields and contribute meaningfully to society. 

The inaugural class of graduate programs in education began in fall 2022 with 22 students.  The events of the past weekend celebrated the first graduates in the Master of Arts in Education programs. The university looks forward to the Spring Graduate Hooding Ceremony and Commencement Ceremony as it will continue to recognize additional graduates from its master’s programs. 

For more information, reach out to the Education Graduate Program Coordinator at 304-462-6211 or visit the Glenville State University Graduate Studies webpage: https://www.glenville.edu/academics/graduate.

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