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Homecoming brings LWC Class of 2020 back to campus

By Venus Popplewell

When Waverly Williams received the news that she would have the opportunity to celebrate her graduation from LWC in-person, she felt grateful to be able to close out an important chapter in her academic journey.

"Even though we had other opportunities to celebrate and be recognized, this is what our class really needed," said Williams, a business administration graduate from Elizabethtown, Kentucky. "...the chance to cross the stage and have the big moment we've all dreamed of. It's a closure moment and it makes the accomplishment feel more real."

LWC 111th and 112th Commencement Ceremonies
The ceremony -- which honored the LWC Class of 2020 graduates -- took place as a part of 2021 Homecoming.


LWC President William T. Luckey Jr., echoed the need for closure as he welcomed the graduates back to campus.

"We are so happy to have you back on campus, to properly recognize you, live and in-person for your graduation this morning," Luckey said. "We know that you have launched into the next phase of your life. We are so honored that you cared enough to be back here today and to put an exclamation mark on your accomplishments."

The Class of 2020 returned to LWC after their final year was upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been more than 16 months since they received their degrees.

"It's been really good to see people I haven't seen in over a year," said Williams. "I got to spend time with a couple of my roommates and my accounting instructor, Ms. Katie Curry. I didn't know she was going to be here, so that was a nice surprise."

Human services and counseling graduate Crystal Avila from Chicago, Illinois, traveled more than seven hours -- through the night -- to get the chance to walk across the commencement stage.

"We are all very tired today," said Avila who brought a large cheering section to the ceremony. "My mom and my dad have supported me. They wanted me to finish college. It was important to them that we make the trip and I participate in the in-person ceremony."

Four Individuals Recognized at LWC 2021 Homecoming
The LWC National Alumni Association recognized two individuals in a small ceremony at the Emiley Hundley President's Home:
  • 1960 alumna Karen Sue Pendelton Wilson, a Columbia native who now lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky, received the Distinguished Alumna award

  • Garmoline Carpenter, of Russell Springs, Kentucky, was named an Honorary Alumna, posthumously. Her son, Dante and granddaughter, Elise accepted the award on her behalf

  • Linda McKinley '66 Grider was recognized for her distinguished service to the College

  • Kasey Compton '09 will be recognized as the 2021 Outstanding Young Alumna at a later date.

LWC Singers Reunion
More than 41 alumni of the LWC Singers program returned to campus for Lindsey Wilson's homecoming festivities. In addition to the reunion, the alumni took part in the LWC Singers Candlelight Ceremony: Signing of the Standards of Excellence -- an annual ceremony that introduces new members to the distinguished traditions and accomplishments of the LWC choral programs.

Alix Castillo is Homecoming Queen and Eli Cross is Homecoming King
On Saturday afternoon, the LWC student body crowned the homecoming queen and king during halftime of the LWC football game at Parnell Family Stadium. Alix Castillo of Richmond, Kentucky, was crowned queen, and Elijah Cross of Dowelltown, Tennessee, was crowned king. The LWC Blue Raiders set a new program record for consecutive wins securing its 15th straight over the Cumberland University Phoenix.


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Fireworks and Pep Rally Kickoff LWC Homecoming Festivities



2021-10-01 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
The Lindsey Wilson College community kicked off homecoming week with a fireworks show on the college's A.P. White Campus on Thursday night, September 30, 2021.

Sponsored by the LWC Student Government Association, the fireworks show and pep rally was bookened by music from the Blue Raider Marching Band, a few words from senior quarterback Cameron Dukes and spirited chants from the Blue Raider Cheerleaders.

To read more about the LWC's homecoming festivities visit www.lindsey.edu/homecoming.

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LWC Homecoming 2021: King and Queen



2021-10-05 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
The LWC student body crowned the homecoming queen and king during halftime of the LWC football game at Parnell Family Stadium on Saturday. Alix Castillo, right, of Richmond, Kentucky, was crowned queen, and Elijah Cross of Dowelltown, Tennessee, was crowned king.

The LWC Blue Raiders set a new program record for consecutive wins securing its 15th straight over the Cumberland University Phoenix.

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LWC Homecoming 2021: Crowning the Queen



2021-10-05 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
LWC President William T. Luckey Jr., crowns the 2021 Homecoming queen Alix Castillo from Richmond, Kentucky, at halftime on Saturday evening during the LWC homecoming football game at Parnell Family Stadium. Looking on is newly crowned king, Elijah Cross of Dowelltown, Tennessee.

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LWC Homecoming 2021: LWC Singers return to campus



2021-10-05 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
More than 41 alumni of the LWC Singers program returned to campus for Lindsey Wilson's 2021 Homecoming festivities. In addition to the reunion, the alumni took part in the LWC Singers Candlelight Ceremony: Signing of the Standards of Excellence -- an annual ceremony that introduces new members to the distinguished traditions and accomplishments of the LWC choral programs.

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LWC Homecoming 2021: Distinguished Alumna award



2021-10-05 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
The Lindsey Wilson College National Alumni Association recognized four individuals as part of 2021 Homecoming. Karen Sue Pendleton '60 Wilson, a Columbia native who now lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky, received the Distinguished Alumna award. From left, Wilson and LWC Director of Alumni Relations Lafawn Nettles.

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LWC Homecoming 2021: Honorary Alumna award



2021-10-05 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
The Lindsey Wilson College National Alumni Association recognized four individuals as part of 2021 Homecoming. Garmoline Carpenter, a beloved LWC professor who served LWC from 1966 to 1990, received the Honorary Alumna award, posthumously. From left, Carpenter's son, Dante and his daughter, Elise accept the award from LWC Director of Alumni Relations Lafawn Nettles and LWC President William T. Luckey.

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LWC Homecoming 2021: Distinguished Service award



2021-10-05 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
The Lindsey Wilson College National Alumni Association recognized four individuals as part of 2021 Homecoming. From left, former student body president Jakob Beckley '20, Linda McKinley '66 Grider, from Columbia, receives the Distinguished Service award from LWC President William T. Luckey Jr., and Director of Alumni Relations Lafawn Nettles.

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LWC Homecoming 2021: 2020 graduates return to campus



2021-10-05 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
LWC added a special in-person, fall commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 on Saturday morning, during 2021 Homecoming. Business administration graduate Waverly Williams of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, was happy to celebrate her graduation from LWC in-person -- with her family and friends present. The Class of 2020 returned to LWC after their final year was upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been more than 16 months since they received their degrees.

From left, criminal justice graduate Tyra Brown from Science Hill, Kentucky; Williams; and sustainability & energy applications and business administration graduate Chase Green from Park City, Kentucky.

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LWC Homecoming 2021: Avila family



2021-10-05 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
Human Services and counseling graduate Crystal Avila from Chicago, Illinois, traveled through the night for the Class of 2020 in-person commencement ceremony -- held Saturday morning at the campus quadrangle during Lindsey Wilson 2021 Homecoming. Avila, third from left, drove more than seven hours with her family to make it to the ceremony.

The Class of 2020 returned to LWC after their final year was upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been more than 16 months since they received their degrees.

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LWC Homecoming 2021: 2020 graduates honored



2021-10-05 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
From left, communication graduate Shelby Herchenrader of Louisville, Kentucky; human services and counseling graduate Gracie Kurtz from Brookesville, Kentucky; business administration graduate Molly Carnall of Louisville, Kentucky; and business administration graduate Jakob Beckley of Pleasureville, take part in a special in-person, fall commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 on Saturday morning, during 2021 Homecoming. Looking on are Adair County natives, human services and counseling graduate Katie McGaha and education graduate Kellie McGaha.

The Class of 2020 returned to LWC after their final year was upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been more than 16 months since they received their degrees. LWC held the ceremony on the campus quadrangle and adhered to COVID-19 safety protocols.

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