WJU to Hold 56th Commencement

At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Wheeling Jesuit University will award 418 degrees to members of the class of 2014 at the Alma Grace McDonough Center. This will be the first class to graduate under the leadership of the university’s president, the Rev. James Fleming, S.J.

Graduating with the highest honors is valedictorian Adrianna Ferraro of Gibsonia, Pa. Addressing the class as the keynote speaker is Patti Quigley, a widow from the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks who now serves as an activist. She is executive director of Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation.

WJU alumnus Lou Volpe will also receive an honorary degree. Volpe was educator at Wheeling Central Catholic High School for 37 years before retiring in 2010.

Degrees will be handed out to graduate, undergraduate and adult students. Also to be announced are the Rev. Frank R. Haig, S.J., Science Award, as well as the Fouts, Woomer and Swint medals.