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LWC Caps Off Record-Breaking Commencement Weekend

By Venus Popplewell

Lindsey Wilson capped off its largest graduating class in the college's 114-year history at Saturday's spring commencement held before a record crowd of over 3,000 guests. The college awarded a total of 282 undergraduate and graduate degrees during the college's 105th commencement. Combined with the degrees awarded at last winter's commencement ceremony, the Lindsey Wilson Class of 2017 was a record 689 students.

Graduates of the second half of Lindsey Wilson College's Class of 2017 were told to "pray for guidance" and "take time to listen" at Saturday morning's commencement ceremony.

To put Lindsey Wilson's growth in perspective, the college awarded 312 degrees in 2003-04, the last year it held only one commencement ceremony.

On Friday night before commencement, the college also had a record crowd at the annual senior banquet. The senior gift from the Class of 2017 was a check for $2,298 and was presented by members of the senior class to president William T. Luckey Jr. at the conclusion of the banquet.

In her commencement address on Saturday morning, Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton told the graduates to "pray for guidance" in their careers.

"My life is a life unplanned," said Hampton. "If your life doesn't go as you planned it's truly okay. However, take the time to see the opportunity. It may not look like you thought it would look, but it's there. Find the blessings and pray for guidance. Don't wait decades before you start praying for guidance, because once I started doing that, that's how I was lead to become Lt. Governor. And find something to be thankful for every day."

Hampton also told the graduates that during a time of heightened political divisiveness to not forget about the importance of listening.

"We're seeing the incivility in this nation where people with opposing viewpoints can't even speak to each other," said Hampton. "I've had some of the best conversations with people whose viewpoints are 180 degrees from my own. It seems like in this nation we're not listening to each other. Please take time to listen."

Twelve members of the Golden Alumni Class of 1967 were also recognized and three individuals received honorary doctorates from the college. The three honorary doctorate recipients were: Sue Coomer, a recent retiree and 46 year employee of the college; Phil Hanna, Director of Library Services capping off 24 years of service to the college; and Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton.


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Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton delivers commencement address



2017-05-15 - Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ramie Hutchison. Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton delivers the commencement address to the largest graduating class in Lindsey Wilson history during Saturday's Spring Commencement Ceremony in Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY. The college awarded 282 undergraduate and graduate degrees, named three honorary doctorate recipients and recognized 12 members of the Golden Alumni Class of 1967.
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Honorary Doctorates: Lt. Gov. Hampton, Phil Hanna, Sue Coomer



2017-05-15 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Venus Popplewell. Lindsey Wilson College named three honorary doctorate recipients during Saturday's Spring Commencement Ceremony. Director of Library Services Phil Hanna (second from left); Kentucky Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton (center); and Sue Coomer (second from right), who recently retired as college registrar after 46 years of service at the college, are flanked by President William T. Luckey Jr. (left) and LWC Board Member Jerry McCandless (right) after being awarded their honorary doctorate hoods during commencement in Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive.
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Graduate AJ Robinson of Vine Grove, KY



2017-05-15 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Ramie Hutchison.
AJ Robinson of Vine Grove, Kentucky claps in celebration as he and his peers are named official graduates of Lindsey Wilson College. Lindsey Wilson capped off its largest graduating class in the college's 114-year history at Saturday's commencement held before a record crowd of over 3,000 guests. The college awarded a total of 282 undergraduate and graduate degrees during the college's 105th commencement. Combined with the degrees awarded at last winter's commencement ceremony, the Lindsey Wilson Class of 2017 was a record 689 students.

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Golden Alumni



2017-05-15 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Ramie Hutchison.
Golden Alumni Recipients Donna Diersing Hagerthey of Louisville, Kentucky (second from right) and Linda Underwood King (far right) of Louisville, Kentucky look on during Lindsey Wilson's 105th commencement. Lindsey Wilson capped off its largest graduating class in the college's 114-year history at Saturday's commencement held before a record crowd of over 3,000 guests. Twelve members of the Golden Alumni Class of 1967 were also recognized as part of the ceremony.

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David Goguen celebrates with graduates and families



2017-05-15 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Ramie Hutchison.
Associate Professor of Journalism, David Goguen, celebrates LWC's 105th commencement with graduates and families immediately following the ceremony. Lindsey Wilson capped off its largest graduating class in the college's 114-year history at Saturday's commencement held before a record crowd of over 3,000 guests. The college awarded a total of 282 undergraduate and graduate degrees during the college's 105th commencement. Combined with the degrees awarded at last winter's commencement ceremony, the Lindsey Wilson Class of 2017 was a record 689 students.

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Senior Banquet: Class of 2017 gift is $2,298.30



2017-05-15 - Robert D. Cranmer Dining Center, 430 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Venus Popplewell, LWC Director of Public Relations.
Members of the Lindsey Wilson College Senior Class Council, from left, Megan Aubin, Jerrica Shannon, Carolyn Laux Hannah McCandless, Courtney Sandlin, Catherine Marrinan, and Chelsy Soloman pose with President William T. Luckey Jr. at the annual senior banquet after presenting a check for $2,298.30 representing the 2017 senior gift. - VENUS POPPLEWELL

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