ELKINS, W.Va. — Rebecca Canterbury of Logan was among 161 students who graduated from Davis & Elkins College on May 16 during the 106th Commencement Ceremony with speaker Dr. Richard Ekman, president of the Council of Independent Colleges. The weekend also included the traditional Nurses’ Pinning with speaker D&E alumnus Joe Tacy, ‘07, and Baccalaureate featuring an address by moderator of the 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Dr. Heath Rada.
Canterbury, a daughter of Lee and Adrian Canterbury of Logan, received the Associate in Science degree in Nursing.
In addressing graduates and their guests at the Claude King Davis Memorial Plaza, Ekman emphasized the unique education students receive from a small, private liberal arts college.
“Only 14 percent of college students graduate from private liberal arts colleges and the track record of them as a group – and of Davis & Elkins in particular – should make you feel proud,” Ekman said.
In describing the Davis & Elkins education, Ekman pointed out that committed teachers are dedicated to students’ success as learners, and small classes, independent study and internships allow students to work closely with faculty.
“These are the hallmarks of a small college education that you simply do not find elsewhere,” Ekman said. “You don’t come to college to become anonymous, but you came here to be recognized, strengthened as an individual.”
Looking toward the future, Ekman told the graduates that the liberal arts education they have received is appealing to companies seeking new employees.
“Employers say consistently that the skills they want in new employees are those of problem-solving, creativity, clear written and oral expression, and the ability to work in teams – precisely the skills that the liberal arts, when taught and learned well as they have been here, provide for very satisfying and productive lives.”
Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, two hours east of Charleston, three hours south of Pittsburgh and four hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.