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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.


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Audrey Tayse, Tom Carter awarded honorary doctorates



2015-05-10 - Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Lindsey Wilson College President William T. Luckey Jr., far left, and Board of Trustees Chair Allan Parnell of Louisville, KY, far right, present honorary doctorate degrees to Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes and longtime LWC trustee Tom Carter of Danville, KY. - DUANE BONIFER

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Lindsey Wilson awards 210 degrees 9 May 2015



2015-05-10 - Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College. Lindsey Wilson College conferred 210 undergraduate and graduate degrees at its 101st commencement ceremony, held Saturday morning, May 9, 2015 in Biggers Sports Center. Combined with the 403 degrees the college awarded last winter, the liberal arts college 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. - DUANE BONIFER
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Russell County, KY graduates adjust mortar boards



2015-05-10 - Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Bethany Oakes of Russell Springs, KY, helps Rachel Johnson of Russell Springs, KY, adjust her mortar board Saturday morning, May 9, 2015 in the L.R. McDonald Administration Building lobby. They were among the Lindsey Wilson College students who received 210 undergraduate and graduate degrees at the liberal arts college's 101st commencement ceremony, held in Biggers Sports Center. - DUANE BONIFER

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LWC 101st Commencement: Personalized mortarboards



2015-05-10 - Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Lindsey Wilson College nursing graduates, from left, Brandy Gayle Wooldridge of Owensboro, KY, Jessica Ann Wilkinson of Columbia, Destiny Janelle Ryan of Manchester, KY, and Morgan Ann Lawson of London, KY, were among the graduates who personalized their mortar boards with decorations during Saturday's spring commencement ceremony. They were among the Lindsey Wilson College students who received 210 undergraduate and graduate degrees at the liberal arts college's 101st commencement ceremony, held in Biggers Sports Center. - DUANE BONIFER

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LWC 2015 commencement: Nadelina Nesheva, Sofia, Bulgaria



2015-05-10 - Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Nadelina Nesheva of Sofia, Bulgaria, uses her smartphone to adjust her mortar board Saturday morning in V.P. Henry Auditorium. She was among the Lindsey Wilson College students who received 210 undergraduate and graduate degrees at the liberal arts college's 101st commencement ceremony, held in Biggers Sports Center. - DUANE BONIFER

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LWC 2015 spring commencement: Dr. Curt Lee



2015-05-10 - Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Lindsey Wilson College Assistant Professor of Religion Curt Lee, left, congratulates graduate Evan Smith of Lexington, KY, during the faculty processional into Biggers Sports Center during Saturday morning's spring commencement ceremony. Smith was among the Lindsey Wilson College students who received 210 undergraduate and graduate degrees at the liberal arts college's 101st commencement ceremony, held in Biggers Sports Center. - DUANE BONIFER

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Amber Clark's mortarboard question shared by many



2015-05-10 - Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
The message on the mortar board of Lindsey Wilson College graduate Amber Clark of Kennesaw, GA, asks a question shared by many college graduates. - DUANE BONIFER

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Audrey Tayse awarded honorary doctorate at LWC



2015-05-10 - Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Lindsey Wilson College President William T. Luckey Jr., right, presents Secretary of Kentucky's Cabinet for Health and Family Services Audrey Tayse Haynes with her honorary doctorate Saturday morning during the college's spring commencement ceremony in Biggers Sports Center as Board of Trustees Allan Parnell of Louisville, KY, looks on. - DUANE BONIFER

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Erika Finley, Hopkinsville, KY, before packed Biggers Sports Center



2015-05-10 - Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer.
Before a packed Biggers Sports Center, Lindsey Wilson College President William T. Luckey Jr. congratulates Erika Finley of Hopkinsville, KY, Saturday morning during the college's spring commencement ceremony. Finley was among the graduates who received 210 undergraduate and graduate degrees at the liberal arts college's 101st commencement ceremony. - DUANE BONIFER

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Audrey Tayse delivers LWC Commencement address



2015-05-10 - Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY . Secretary of Kentucky's Cabinet for Health and Family Services Audrey Tayse Haynes delivers Lindsey Wilson College's 2015 spring commencement address Saturday morning in Biggers Sports Center. n- DUANE BONIFER
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Gerald Chafin directs LWC Singers at 101st Commencement



2015-05-10 - Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Under the direction of Associate Professor of Music Gerald Chafin, the Lindsey Wilson College Singers perform during the liberal arts college's 2015 spring commencement Saturday morning, May 9, 2015 in Biggers Sports Center. - DUANE BONIFER

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LWC 101st Commencement - photo op in Patel '04 Amphitheater



2015-05-10 - Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Lindsey Wilson College graduates Rachel Burris of Columbia and Jeremy Cloyd of Tompkinsville, KY, take a picture Saturday morning in the Dr. Shilpan M. Patel '04 Amphitheater following the liberal arts college's 2015 spring commencement ceremony. - DUANE BONIFER

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LWC 101st Commencement: Amy Mills Paul, Corbin, KY



2015-05-10 - Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo By Duane Bonifer.
Lindsey Wilson College graduate Amy Mills Paul of Corbin, KY, had her newly expanded family watch her receive a master of education degree in counseling and human development. From left: husband, Jason; Jaxtin, 1 week; Eathan, 9; and Keelie, 12. She was among the graduates who received 210 undergraduate and graduate degrees at the liberal arts college's 101st commencement ceremony Saturday in Biggers Sports Center. - DUANE BONIFER

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One more time: Lauren Kinser, Susan Minton & the M. Farkle song



2015-05-10 - Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Graduating senior Lauren Kinser of Elizabethtown, KY, and Lindsey Wilson College Associate Professor of Communication Susan Minton celebrate after singing the "Malvina Farkle Day Song" Friday night, May 8, 2015 at the Senior Banquet at Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center. - DUANE BONIFER

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2015 Senior Class presents largest such gift in LWC history



2015-05-10 - Cranmer Dining Center, 430 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College. Lindsey Wilson College President William T. Luckey Jr. accepts a facsimile check representing the largest senior class gift -- $2,507.68 -- in LWC history Friday night at the Senior Banquet at Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center. The gift will be used to help build a brick entrance at the bottom of Lindsey Wilson Hill and Fairgrounds Street. Presenting the check are Class of 2015 officers, from left: James Harrison of London, KY; Jonathan Joseph of Louisville, KY; Lauren Kinser of Elizabethtown, KY; Lauren Thompson of Russell, KY; Heather Franks of Monticello, KY; Bailey Scott of Auburn, KY; Katie Koper of Central City, KY; and Zach Marcum of Owensboro, KY. - DUANE BONIFER
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Class of 1965 presents $18,340 toward Fairground St. entrance



2015-05-10 - Cranmer Dining Center, 430 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Members of the Lindsey Wilson College Class of 1965 celebrated their 50-year reunion by being inducted into the Golden Alumni Society before Saturday morning's 2015 spring commencement ceremony. After they were recognized at the ceremony, they held a luncheon in Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center, where they presented the college a class gift of $18,340. The gift will be used to help build a brick entrance at the bottom of Lindsey Wilson Hill and Fairgrounds Street. From left: James J. Pike of Bonita Springs, FL; Robert Crouch of Cincinnati, Ohio; Sara Clark Brockman of Campbellsville, KY; Patricia Elaine Sublett of Campbellsville, KY; the Rev. Silas Ervin Gentry of Louisville, KY; and LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. - DUANE BONIFER

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Randy Burns welcomes Class of 2015 into LWC Alumna Association



2015-05-10 - Cranmer Dining Center, 430 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Lindsey Wilson College Director of Alumni Relations Randy Burns '93 welcomes the Class of 2015 into the LWC National Alumni Association Friday night, May 8, 2015, at the Senior Banquet at Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center. - DUANE BONIFER

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Benson Sexton delivers Senior Banquet keynote address



2015-05-10 - Cranmer Dining Center, 430 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Lindsey Wilson College Instructor of Communication Benson Sexton '04 delivers the Senior Banquet keynote address Friday night, May 8, 2015 at Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center. - DUANE BONIFER, LWC

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LWC Senior Banquet Spring 2015: Rev. Kenneth A. Jessee, '81



2015-05-10 - Cranmer Dining Center, 430 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Lindsey Wilson College National Alumni Association President the Rev. Kenneth A. Jessee '81 of Elizabethtown, KY, welcomes the Class of 2015 into the association Friday night, May 8, 2015, at the Senior Banquet at Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center. - DUANE BONIFER, LWC

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Rev. David Calhoun delivers LWC Spring 2014 baccalaureate message



2015-05-10 - V.P. Henry Auditorium, 210 Lindsey Wilson Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Lindsey Wilson College Assistant Professor of Religion the Rev. David Calhoun delivers the baccalaureate message Friday night in V.P. Henry Auditorium. - DUANE BONIFER, LWC

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