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WVNCC to Hold its 51st Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2023

Posted 05/11/23

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West Virginia Northern Community College (WVNCC) will hold its 51st annual Commencement Ceremony on May 12, 2023, at 7 p.m. at WesBanco Arena. Two hundred and eighty-six students are eligible to receive three hundred and thirteen certificates and degrees during the ceremony. Hailey Beadle, a Weirton, West Virginia resident, is the 2023 Class Valedictorian. Mr. Howard Gamble, the administrator of the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department will serve as the Commencement Speaker.

Howard Gamble 2023 Commencement SpeakerGamble has been involved in healthcare and public health since 1993, working in school health, public health and hospital-based health care programs. Gamble received his undergraduate degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College and received a graduate degree in Health Care Administration from West Virginia University. Gamble has a master’s degree in public health from West Virginia University School of Medicine. Gamble joined Ohio Valley Health Services and Education Corporation in 2000, serving as Director of Marketing and Public Relations. In 2007, he became the administrator of the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department. Gamble is also a graduate of the Southeast Public Health Leadership Institute and the Leadership West Virginia program. Howard’s community involvement includes former Instructor at Ohio University Eastern, Wheeling Jesuit University and Oglebay Institute, a board member at the River Valley Health Foundation, owner of Wheeling Stained Glass and a member of Artworks Around Town located in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market. Gamble was instrumental in helping not only WVNCC, but many in the country develop their Coronavirus response plan and provided significant guidance through a worldwide pandemic.

2023 Class Valedictorian Hailey BeadleBeadle lives in Weirton, WV and is the daughter of Joe and Kristina DeMaria of Weirton, WV, and Scott Beadle of Wellsville, OH. She graduated from Brooke High in 2019. In addition to being a full-time student, Beadle is a Specialist in the WV Army National Guard where she serves the United States part-time. Hailey also works as a swim coach for the Follansbee Swim Team, as a lifeguard for Brooke County Schools, and as a Range Officer for Alexander Armory. 

During the ceremony, WVNCC President, Dr. Daniel Mosser, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. Local musician, Mitch Spurlock, will perform musical selections. The ceremony will be streamed live on the College’s YouTube channel for those unable to attend.