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Shepherd offers university diploma to graduates

August 31, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - If you're thinking your Shepherd College diploma is a little outdated now that the school has changed to a university, here's a deal for you.

School officials say that, for $75, alumni can obtain diplomas that carry the new name.

"It's kind of retrofitting your diploma," Shepherd University spokeswoman Valerie Owens said Monday.

The $75 fee will be used to help pay for changing the school name on campus signs, including a granite marker at Ram Stadium, Owens said.

A granite marker at McMurran Hall also has to be changed, she said.

The fall 2004 edition of Shepherd University Magazine included information for alumni on getting their diplomas changed, Owens said.

The magazine includes a form that alumni can fill out to get new diplomas. Graduates who want new diplomas must list the year they graduated, what their degrees were and their dates of birth, Owens said.

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Shepherd University officials will check the background of each person applying for a diploma to make sure they graduated from the school, Owens said.

The recent graduating class of 2004 will get a new diploma free of charge, Owens said. The 2004 graduating class was the first group of students to receive diplomas under the new school name, but it was too late to make the name change on the diplomas, Owens said.

The recent graduates will get new diplomas in the fall, Owens said.

The offer to alumni is getting mixed reactions.

Shepherd University graduate Tina Stover said she likes her Shepherd College diploma, but said she would consider getting a new one to help with the fund-raising.

"It's a good school," Stover said.

Although the new diploma may imply that the document came from a larger institution, Shepherd graduate Teresa McCabe said she is satisfied with her Shepherd College diploma.

School officials began using the new name on March 13.

Last year, Shepherd officials began working to change the school's name because they said the trend in higher education is that the schools that refer to themselves as colleges are the ones that offer two year-degrees.

That was a concern to Shepherd officials because they did not want prospective students to bypass Shepherd, thinking it is a two-year school.

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