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Wheeling University Names Top Grads


Kayla Smith of Shadyside has been selected as valedictorian of Wheeling University’s Class of 2021 valedictorian, President Ginny Favede announced Friday. Megan Mangia of Columbus, Ohio, is the class salutatorian.

Having earned the highest grade point average in the class, Smith, an exercise science major, will give the valedictory address during the university’s 63rd commencement exercises. The ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday on Bishop Schmitt Field.

“Kayla and Megan are wonderful examples of how Wheeling University students excel in the classroom,” Favede said. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to celebrate the joys and triumphs of our students’ time at Wheeling, especially their perseverance through the disruptions of this past year at this year’s commencement. This is truly special and a privilege for all of us at Wheeling University.”

Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., will serve as the 2021 commencement speaker and be awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the university for his work on behalf of the people of West Virginia.

To ensure the health and safety of those attending, the University will socially distance all those in attendance and will follow recent CDC mask requirements for outdoor events.


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