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LWC Graduates 412 at winter commencement ceremony
KCTC President Jay K. Box invokes metaphor used by President John F. Kennedy in commencement address.
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By Duane Bonifer
COLUMBIA, KY (Sat 12 Dec 2015)- Members of the first half of Lindsey Wilson College's Class of 2016 were urged Saturday morning to conquer new frontiers.
In his commencement address, Kentucky Community and Technical College President Jay K. Box also told graduates at LWC's 102nd commencement ceremony about the importance of "being open to new ideas and being bold enough to go after them."
Invoking the "New Frontier" metaphor used by President John F. Kennedy in his nomination acceptance speech at the 1960 Democratic National Convention, Box told the graduates that "there is much more to learn and do, many frontiers yet to explore."
"In today's fast-paced, ever-changing world, those who are not open to lifelong learning and new frontiers are quickly left behind," said Box, who also received an honorary doctorate from the liberal arts college. "Your new challenge will be what to do with your education."
LWC's awarded a total of 412 undergraduate and graduate degrees at Saturday's winter commencement ceremony, held before about 2,500 people at Biggers Sports Center. That made the ceremony LWC's second largest winter commencement in the college's 112-year history. LWC awarded a record 418 degrees at its 2013 winter commencement ceremony.
Although Kennedy gave his "New Frontier" speech more than a half-century ago, Box said its main ideas "still apply to our world and the many challenges we face today."
"We still await great discoveries in science, medicine and in technology that you can be a part of," he said. "We still have unsolved problems of peace and war, and everywhere we look there are unconquered problems of ignorance, prejudice and poverty. ... My generation is looking to you help conquer these frontiers and some frontiers we don't even know about." Duane Bonifer, the writer, is Director of Public Relations at Lindsey Wilson College
This story was posted on 2015-12-12 19:21:03
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