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LWC Awards 210 degrees at 101st Commencement 9 May 2015
Adair Countian Audrey Tayse, Secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services delivers keynote address to crowd of more than 2,500 in Biggers Sports Center. Spring commencement brings total of degrees awarded to 603 for 2014-15 school year. Haynes and Tom Carter received honorary doctorate degrees
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By Duane Bonifer
News from Lindsey Wilson College
COLUMBIA, KY - Lindsey Wilson College spring graduates were urged to build bridges, take risks and remain engaged in their communities.
That was the advice Secretary of Kentucky's Cabinet for Health and Family Services Audrey Tayse Haynes gave the graduates Saturday morning in her commencement address.
"The cap and gown that you wear and the diploma that you receive are symbols of your perseverance, dedication and hard work. They're like the keys to the doors opportunity," said Haynes, who is an Adair County native and Lindsey Wilson alumna. "Combine this fantastic education you have received here at Lindsey Wilson with the gift of hard work. You will not be sorry that you did."
The liberal arts college conferred 210 undergraduate and graduate degrees at its 101st commencement ceremony, held Saturday morning in Biggers Sports Center in front of a crowd of more than 2,500 people.
Combined with the 403 degrees the college awarded last winter, Lindsey Wilson awarded a total of 613 undergraduate and graduate degrees this school year, the second most in the 112-year history of The United Methodist-affiliated college.
Haynes received an honorary doctorate from the college. Also receiving an honorary doctorate was trustee emeritus Tom Carter of Danville, KY, who has served since 1982 on the Lindsey Wilson Board of Trustees and is a longtime member of Centenary United Methodist Church.
Haynes -- who began a nearly three-decade career of public service during the administration of Gov. Wallace Wilkinson -- urged the graduates to take risks, respect the opinions of others and collaborate on major decisions.
"I have found through my life that the best decisions are ones that we arrive at through thoughtfully, after considering a lot of viewpoints," she said.
Haynes also encouraged the Lindsey Wilson graduates to be take an active role in civic life as well as be lifelong learners.
"Read, learn, keep your mind open to people and subjects you don't normally know about. ... Do not be someone who has no clue what's going on in the world around you," she said.
And, most important, Haynes said to be an authentic person.
"Embrace yourself, just strive to be a better version of yourself each and every day," she said.
Haynes was appointed secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services by Gov. Steve Beshear in on April 2012.
Haynes was also senior vice president and chief government affairs officer for the YMCA of the USA in Washington, D.C. Haynes also worked in mental health and substance abuse rehabilitation, serving as an alcohol and drug abuse counselor and later as a community education specialist.
Haynes held appointments in the administrations of three other Kentucky governors, and she also served as special assistant to Vice President Al Gore and chief of staff to Tipper Gore.
Carter is a retired executive with Kentucky Utilities Co., and he is a longtime member of Centenary United Methodist Church.
The weekend's activities kicked off Friday night at the senior banquet in Roberta D. Cranmer Dining Center. LWC Instructor of Communication Benson Sexcton delivered the keynote address, and LWC National Alumni Association President the Rev. Kenneth Jessee of Elizabethtown, KY, and Director of Alumni Relations Randy Burns welcomed the graduates into the association.
Later that night in V.P. Henry Auditorium, the Rev. David Calhoun, who is an LWC assistant professor of religion, delivered the message to graduates and their family members.
This story was posted on 2015-05-10 02:40:25
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