Blue and Gold Spring | Summer 2021 Volume 2 • Issue 1 - Page 8

- President Robin Capehart and West Virginia Governor Jim Justice , guest Commencement Speaker

Class of 2021 beats covid , wins degrees

President Robin Capehart welcomed 293 members of the Class of 2021 and their families to the 124th commencement of Bluefield State College on a sunny afternoon at Mitchell Stadium .
On behalf of the faculty and administration he congratulated the significance of their achievements , often the first in their families to receive bachelor ’ s or associate ’ s degrees .
Theirs was especially noteworthy as this class had to persevere through three semesters of COVID-related restrictions .
The College was honored to have West Virginia Governor Jim Justice present the
Commencement address . Introducing him , President Capehart surprised Governor Justice with an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters .
Governor Justice was moved visibly by the honor saying self-deprecatingly , “ No one ’ s ever called me a ‘ doctor ’ before .”
Following the governor ’ s address , President Capehart then introduced Class