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Marshall holding first virtual commencements this weekend

December 10, 2020 GMT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University’s first virtual commencement ceremonies are this weekend.

The ceremonies will be livestreamed at https://livestream.com/marshallu.

The ceremony for spring 2020 graduates will be at 9 a.m. Saturday. Marshall alumna Jennifer Leslie Wells is the keynote speaker. She is the senior regional organizer for Community Change and Community Change Action, a national organization that strengthens social change from the ground up, Marshall said.

The second ceremony, for summer 2020 and winter 2020 graduates, will be at noon Saturday. Professor Dan Hollis, recipient of the university’s Dr. Charles E. Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award, will be the guest speaker.

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Jazz great Ellis Marsalis Jr., whose namesake jazz piano competition has been held at Marshall, will be awarded a posthumous honorary degree, to be accepted by his son, Ellis Marsalis III, by video during the second ceremony. Robert Simpson, former interim dean of the Lewis College of Business, will receive an honorary degree during the morning ceremony.