CU Valedictorian Kandace Eileene Barnette

Concord University announces Kandace Eileene Barnette of Princeton as one of three valedictorians for the Spring 2020 graduating class.

Kandace will receive a Bachelor of Science in Education degree Summa Cum Laude. Her field of study is Elementary K-6 during the virtual commencement exercises at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9, on the CU YouTube Channel, Facebook and the link that will be provided on Concord’s webpage (

ATHENS — The second Saturday in May for many years at Concord University has meant spring commencement and tomorrow will be no different in that sense.

What will be different is that, instead of hundreds of graduates, faculty, staff and family members gathering in the main gym of the Carter Center, the graduates will take part in a virtual ceremony due to the quarantine resulting from COVID-19.

The ceremony, which will be the 145th Spring Commencement, will be broadcast on with ceremonies held at 10 a.m and 2 p.m. In addition, it will be shown on the CU YouTube page and on the Concord Facebook page.

The 10 a.m ceremony will recognize graduates from the colleges of Fine Arts,Humanities and Social Sciences as well as the College of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Health, plus Interdisciplinary Studies and Regents Bachelor of Arts degrees.

Two of the three valedictorians will also be recognized in the morning ceremony as Tanner Bret Cantley of Glen Daniel and Samantha Ann Franks of Lewisburg will be giving brief speeches.

The third valedictorian, Kandace Eileen Barnette of Princeton, will be recognized and speak during the afternoon session.

The 2 p.m session will recognize graduates from the College of Professional Studies;

Graduates will be recognized with a photo and video presentation and will receive congratulations from faculty members via video.

The Spring 2020 graduates will be offered the opportunity to march during the Fall 2020 commencement.

Concord President Dr. Kendra Boggess said, “In unprecedented circumstances, Concord University students accepted the challenges before them and did an amazing job finishing this semester to receive their degrees. We are so proud of their hard work and dedication.”

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

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