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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


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KCTC president Box speaks at LWC winter 2015 commencement



2015-12-12 - Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Kentucky Community and Technical College President Jay K. Box delivers Lindsey Wilson College's 2015 winter commencement address Saturday morning in Biggers Sports Center, as seen over the mortar board of LWC graduate student Chelsea Danielle Marcum of Somerset, KY. - Duane Bonifer

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President Jay K. Box receives honorary doctorate from LWC



2015-12-12 - Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Kentucky Community and Technical College President Jay K. Box, left, receives an honorary doctorate from Lindsey Wilson College from LWC Vice President of Student Services and Enrollment Management Dean Adams Saturday morning in Biggers Sports Center during LWC's 2015 winter commencement. Looking on is LWC Board of Trustees Chair Allan Parnell of Louisville, KY. - Duane Bonifer

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Nolan Dant held up by fellow LWC classmates



2015-12-12 - Patel Amphitheatre, Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Lindsey Wilson College graduate Nolan Dant of Elizabethtown, KY, is held up by fellow LWC classmates Saturday morning at the Dr. Shilpan M. Patel '04 Amphitheater following LWC's 2015 winter commencement ceremony in Biggers Sports Center. - Duane Bonifer

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Avonda Tautalatasi Tuato'o-Toleafoa walks 'Academic Gauntlet'



2015-12-12 - Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Lindsey Wilson College graduate student Avonda Tautalatasi Tuato'o-Toleafoa of Fort Knox, KY, walks through the "Academic Gauntlet" Saturday morning following LWC's 2015 winter commencement ceremony in Biggers Sports Center. - Duane Bonifer

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VP Bettie Starr congratulates new grad Roger De Wilde



2015-12-12 - Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College. Lindsey Wilson College graduate student Roger De Wilde of Hendersonville, TN, is congratulated by LWC Vice President of Academic Affairs Bettie Starr as he walks through the "Academic Gauntlet" Saturday morning following LWC's 2015 winter commencement ceremony in Biggers Sports Center. - Duane Bonifer
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Kelsey Marshall congratulated by LWC Vice President Dean Adams



2015-12-12 - Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Lindsey Wilson College graduate Kelsey Marshall of Ashland, KY, is congratulated by LWC Vice President of Student Services and Enrollment Management Dean Adams in the "Academic Gauntlet" Saturday morning following LWC's 2015 winter commencement ceremony in Biggers Sports Center. Saturday was an especially happy day for Marshall, who also celebrated her 22nd birthday. - Duane Bonifer

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Diane Dishman, Somerset, KY, receives Lindsey Wilson degree



2015-12-13 - Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Diane Dishman of Somerset, KY, receives her Lindsey Wilson College bachelor of arts degree from LWC Vice President of Student Services and Enrollment Management Dean Adams Saturday morning at Biggers Sports Center during the college's winter commencement. - Duane Bonifer

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Four future great educators at LWC 2015 Commencement - II



2015-12-13 - Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College. (And you were right. Nobody else but . . . ) - Lindsey Wilson college education graduates, from left, Samantha Rich of Columbia, Josie Lyon of Lebanon, KY, Amy Farmer of Columbia and Rachel McFall of Albany, KY, decorated their mortar boards to celebrate their professions. The four were among those to graduate Saturday morning at LWC's 102nd commencement, ceremony, held in Biggers Sports Center. - Duane Bonifer (Site Based Decision Making Councils take note- CM) Paired photo: See also: Four future great educators at LWC 2015 Commencement - I
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Rachel Neal, Lebanon, TN, before LWC's 102 Commencement



2015-12-13 - L.R. McDonald Administration Building, 210 Lindsey Wilson Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Lindsey Wilson College graduate student Rachel Neal of Lebanon, TN, makes a final adjustment Saturday morning, December 12, 2015, in the lobby of the L.R. McDonald Administration Building before processing in the college's 102nd commencement ceremony in Biggers Sports Center. - Duane Bonifer

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Gerald Chafin conducts the Lindsey Wilson Singers



2015-12-13 - Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Programs Gerald Chafin conducts the Lindsey Wilson College Singers Saturday morning in Biggers Sports Center during the college's winter commencement. - Duane Bonifer

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