A 50-Year Celebration

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All year long, West Virginia University at Parkersburg has been celebrating a milestone, of a half-century educating area students.

The culmination of that celebration came Saturday, with the 50th aninversary convocation.

Present and former faculty and students remembered the school from its early years in an old elementary school building, to its current status as a regional campus of West Virginia University.

Speakers included a former student, who went on to become a state legislator.

"38 years ago, I didn't think this college should be in my life, and 38 years later, it has been my life," said former state delegate, state senator, and current West Virginia Commerce Secretary Keith Budette. "I literally mark the milestones in my career by the milestones of this college."

Items to be buried in a time capsule commemorating the college's half-century were on display.

They include proclamations by both of West Virginia's U.S. senators, and acting governor Earl Ray Tomblin.

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