McKinley to address Wheeling University grads


WHEELING — U.S. Rep. David B. McKinley, R-W.Va., will serve as speaker at Wheeling University’s 63rd commencement ceremony set for 11:30 a.m., May 1 at Bishop Schmitt Field.

“It is a great privilege to have Congressman McKinley serve as our commencement speaker and offer the Class of 2021 his insights as they embark on their next journey,” said Wheeling University President Ginny R. Favede. “Congressman McKinley is a dear friend of our university and a respected national leader. We are honored by his presence. I know the Congressman will offer our graduates heartfelt remarks about serving others and how to succeed in today’s workplace.”

McKinley has represented the First District of West Virginia since Jan. 3, 2011 following a long tenure in the West Virginia Legislature. He is the founder of McKinley and Associates, an architectural and engineering firm, where he ran the business for years, creating hundreds of jobs.

As one of two professional engineers in Congress, he has a seat on the Committee on Energy and Commerce, where he has been active on issues related to the coal industry, environmental regulation, energy efficiency, and health care.

McKinley also will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Wheeling University. The ceremony will be held outdoors — socially distanced on the Bishop Schmitt Field. To ensure the health and safety of all those attending, graduates and faculty will be seated 6 feet apart on the field. All those participating will process and recess 6 feet apart. Graduates will have the opportunity to register for family grouped seating for up to six guests.

“Last year we had a beautiful outdoor commencement ceremony that allowed graduates, families, and friends the opportunity to participate in a safe manner,” Favede said. “All those attending are asked to wear a face covering, which will be provided at the entrances to the venue.”

WU will hold a socially distanced baccalaureate Mass at 6 p.m., April 30 at Bishop Schmitt Field. The Most Rev. Mark E. Brennan, bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, will preside.

“We are always honored to have Bishop Brennan celebrate mass with our campus community and provide a special blessing as our students begin this next chapter in their lives,” Favede said.

For those not able to attend, commencement and baccalaureate will be live-streamed. A link for each event will be available on the University’s website.


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