Morehead State University honored nearly 600 degree candidates at the 2018 Fall Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Academic-Athletic Center.

The event was filled with joy, applause and plenty of pictures taken as the newest alumni took the ceremonial walk across the stage, signifying the completion of their college degrees. They were greeted by MSU President Dr. Joseph A. (Jay) Morgan, who offered a congratulatory handshake to each of those completing graduate and undergraduate degree requirements.  

Rites of Passage Fall 2018
On the evening before commencement, Morehead State University’s Office of Student Activities, Inclusion and Leadership Development held its 36th Rites of Passage recognition ceremony. The purpose of the ceremony is to recognize and celebrate the scholastic achievement of minority and international students at MSU. Pictured above in the front row, from left to right, are: Tray Ashby-Phan (18), Patience Nicole Cannon-Warren (18), Rachel Pearl Jacobs (18) and Jamie Alice Phipps (18). Back row, left to right: Jarin Trey Higginbotham (18), Darius Deshon Pritchett (18) and Jummel Shaphan Wilson (18).
Lin-Hsiu Huang
Lin-Hsiu Huang (18) of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, delivered this year’s fall student commencement address.

“With 14 percent of this world’s population illiterate today, I, too, often take my ability to read and write for granted. As college graduates, we really are the lucky ones and it is up to us to go write our own stories-literally. We are able to use the well-rounded education we received from Morehead State University as a tool for positive impacts in our lives.”  

-[Lin-Hsiu Huang]

Lin-Hsiu Huang (18) of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, was this year’s student speaker. She is the daughter of mother Hui-Yen Huang (10) and father Wen-Hung Huang (02). She earned both a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art with an emphasis in design and a minor in mathematics. View Huang’s speech. 

During her commencement speech, she touched on the privilege it is for her and her fellow graduates to receive a college education from MSU and the importance of using it for the greater good.  

ROTC commissioning fall 2018.
ROTC students were commissioned as U.S. Army officers as part of the program. Pictured from left to right are Martin Davalos (18), Nicholas Gage Thompson Holloway (18), Ted William Moore (18), Madison Kimberly Witzleb (18), Aaron Eziekiel Stone (18) and Tyler Matthew Zaborowsky (18).
Lance Lovely
A posthumous degree was awarded to Eric Lovely who passed away during his last semester. The degree was accepted by his brother Lance Lovely.
Dr. Jason Marion
Following the ceremony, MSU Alumni Association President Dr. Jason Marion (04) welcomed the new graduates into the association.

Additional information on commencement exercises is available by calling 606-783-2008 or visiting