Jessica Lynn Davidson

Jessica Lynn Davidson of Bluefield is Concord University's valedictorian of the Class of Fall 2020. Davidson graduates with a Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude. Her major is Studio Art.


ATHENS — For the second consecutive Concord commencement ceremony, coronavirus concerns made it a virtual ceremony.

On Saturday, 171 graduates of the CU Class of 2020 were recognized via teleconference due to the coronavirus.

CU President Dr. Kendra Boggess,in her opening remarks, said, “Due to the circumstances, ‘The Campus Beautiful’ is quiet. What I want the graduates to know is that in no way are your degrees diluted. You have earned them under the most difficult of circumstances.”

The 171 students included 131 undergraduates and 40 with

master’sdegrees. Fifty students graduated with honors, with six graduating with field honors. The ages range from 21 to 58. They came from nine states and 12 countries. Six are veterans.

Other speakers at the ceremony were CU Board of Governors chairman David Barnette; Faculty President Dr. William Williams; Alumni Association President Ann Pauley; and Student Government Association President Taylor Carter.

Valedictorian Jessica Davidson of Bluefield said, “I am beyond happy. We have overcome many obstacles to be here.”

Boggess urged the graduates to remember the joy of their college experience.

“We’re here to support you. These are the first steps on your journey. Don’t give up on your dreams,” she said.

Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter and columnist for the Princeton Times. Contact him at

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