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LWC to award 244 degrees at College's 103rd commencement

KET's Bill Goodman will be commencement speaker. Goodman and Henry Baughman, Stanford, KY, will receive honorary doctorates. 244 Spring Graduates combined with 412 degrees awarded last winter give school second most degrees in one school year in schools 113-year history
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By Travis Smith

COLUMBIA, KY - Lindsey Wilson College will award 244 degrees May 14 at its 103rd commencement ceremony. The liberal arts college's 2016 spring commencement ceremony will be at 10amCT Saturday, May 14, in Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY.

Hall of Fame Journalist and Kentucky Educational Television host Bill Goodman, who is a Glasgow, KY, native, will deliver the spring commencement address.

Goodman will also receive an honorary doctorate from the college. Also receiving an honorary doctorate will be retired professor and Henry Baughman of Stanford, KY.

Combined with the 412 degrees the college awarded last winter, Lindsey Wilson will award a total of 656 undergraduate and graduate degrees this school year, the second most in the 113-year history of The United Methodist-affiliated college. The college awarded a record 664 degrees in 2014.

"This is such a wonderful time of the year for everyone in the Lindsey Wilson community," said LWC President William T. Luckey Jr., who has been the college's eighth president since July 1998. "Commencement is not only a time of celebration but a time of anticipation because it's exciting to anticipate how our graduates will go forth into the world and make a difference."

Bill Goodman

For two decades, Goodman has been the primary public face of public-affairs programs at Kentucky Educational Television, a state-owned network that is a national leader in independent public-affairs programming.

Since 1996, Goodman has been the host and managing editor of KET's Emmy Award-winning public affairs series Kentucky Tonight. He also serves as host for KET's Education Matters, along with a number of other public affairs specials, including KET's election night coverage. Goodman also hosts the compelling KET conversation series One to One. In 2013, he was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.

"Bill Goodman is one of those special journalists who has the rare ability to explain complex public policy issues and also tell stories about Kentucky's everyday citizens," Luckey said. "Thanks to Bill Goodman and KET, Kentucky has a great voice on TV."

Goodman worked in radio news and sales at WKCT-AM in Bowling Green, KY, while attending Western Kentucky University. He then joined WLAC-TV (later WTVF-TV) in Nashville, Tenn., becoming its news director. As news director at Houston's KPRC-TV, he established that department's first investigative unit, which lead it to receive several national awards.

Goodman is the author of the KET blog "Bill's Eye" and the book Beans, Biscuits, Family and Friends: Life Stories by Bill Goodman.

Henry Baughman

Baughman is a pioneer in Kentucky's medical technologist/training profession. Born and raised in Lincoln County, KY, Baughman is a retired Western Kentucky University professor who taught health and safety for 27 years at the university, and he helped start the school's emergency medical technologist/training program.

Baughman wrote Kentucky's first emergency medical technician training workbook, which has helped saved countless lives of accident victims throughout the commonwealth. Baughman also led the effort to make emergency training for EMT personnel mandatory in 1974.

He is also a member of the Kentucky Tennis Hall of Fame.

Other Events: Senior Banquet, Baccalaureate The annual LWC senior banquet will be held at 5pmCT Friday, May 13, in Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center, 430 Helen Flatt Drive. It will be followed by the baccalaureate service, which will be at 7pmCT in Biggers Sports Center.

Following the May 14 commencement ceremony, the Lindsey Wilson National Alumni Association will hold a reception for graduates and guests in Cranmer Dining & Conference Center.

To accommodate the large crowd expected for spring commencement, the ceremony will be shown on closed-circuit television in the Norma & Glen Hodge Center for Discipleship, 402 Helen Flatt Drive. The ceremony will also be carried lived on DuoCounty Channel 2 and via on the Lindsey Wilson Stretch Internet channel:

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KET's Bill Goodman will be commencement speaker at LWC

2016-05-06 - Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo from Lindsey Wilson College.
Hall of Fame Journalist and Kentucky Educational Television host Bill Goodman will deliver the commencement address at LWC's 103rd commencement ceremony on May 14, 2016.

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