New River CTC to celebrate graduating students on Saturday

Graduating students

New River Community and Technical College will celebrate the class of 2023 at the college’s nineteenth commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 6 at 10 a.m. at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.

“Commencement marks the successful conclusion of hundreds of hours of hard work, many sacrifices and sheer dedication and determination,” said New River CTC President Dr. Bonny Copenhaver. “Celebrating this milestone with our graduating students and their families is an exciting part of what we do at the college.”

Academic honors will be presented to 99 students graduating with at least a 3.4 grade point average (GPA). In addition, 18 graduates are members of the Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society for associate degree students with at least a 3.5 GPA.

West Virginia University Institute of Technology President Dr. T. Ramon Stuart will address the graduates at the ceremony. Dr. Stuart, an accomplished university administrator originally from Welch, West Virginia, is a two-time graduate of the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering at West Virginia University, and he completed a doctorate from the Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education at Ohio University. He returned home to the Mountain State to become the campus president at West Virginia University Institute of Technology on January 1, 2023.

Dr. Stuart often shares his experiences of growing up in McDowell County and how much he has learned about life and the transformative impact of education. He is dedicated to helping others realize their dreams.

New River CTC is registering students for the summer and fall 2023 semesters. For information on programs at New River CTC visit, email or call 1-866-349-3739.