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Record number of LWC graduates cross the stage during two-day celebration

By Venus Popplewell
LWC Public Relations

When Counseling and Human Development graduate Krystal Clarke was searching for a respected online program to advance her counseling education, Lindsey Wilson College stood out among the crowded options.

"I was looking for online schools that were well-rated with a counseling program and LWC came up as one of the best," said Clark from Bel Air, Maryland, who traveled to Columbia to be part of LWC's commencement ceremony.

Despite attending LWC 100% online, Clarke said it was important for her to take part in LWC's commencement ceremony in person.

"I've had a great experience and the teachers have been wonderfully supportive," said Clarke who participated in the Friday evening ceremony. "I put in the work, I felt like I did a great job and I wanted to have this moment to celebrate it."

Clarke was a member of LWC's largest-ever graduating class in the 120-year history of the liberal arts college. The 117th commencement celebration was held over two days to accommodate the large crowd in Biggers Sports Center.

A total of 363 degrees were conferred on Friday and Saturday for the 2023 spring class. That number includes 210 undergraduate degrees and 153 graduate degrees. Combined with the 380 degrees awarded at LWC's winter commencement ceremony, Lindsey Wilson awarded a record 743 degrees to the Class of 2023. To put that number into perspective - the college awarded a total of 558 degrees in 2013 - a 33% increase in ten years.

As a residential student, Dana Watts from Russell Springs, Kentucky, participated in the Saturday morning commencement activities.

"I absolutely loved living on campus," said Watts, an elementary education graduate. "I met so many people from all over the state and all over the world. I was involved in many things which really kept me busy but helped me to experience the campus fully. I have had the best four years of my life."

In addition to the two commencement ceremonies, LWC also honored its nursing students on Thursday evening. The Lindsey Wilson College Nursing Division honored 11 seniors with a pinning and a Blessing of the Hands ceremony.

A total of 24 members from the LWC classes of 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1973 were inducted into the Golden Alumni Society on Friday evening in the Norma and Glenn Hodge Center for Discipleship. The Golden Alumni Society recognizes graduates who are celebrating 50 years since earning their LWC degrees. The COVID-19 pandemic halted the tradition for the last four years.

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Dana Watts graduates from Lindsey Wilson College

2023-05-04 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
Elementary education graduate Dana Watts from Russell Springs, Kentucky, moves her tassel from right to left to signify her transition from student to graduate during Lindsey Wilson College's 117th commencement ceremony on Saturday, April 29. The Class of 2023 was the largest ever in school history with a record 743 degrees conferred.

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LWC Golden Alumni Society

2023-05-04 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
The LWC Golden Alumni Society recognizes those who are celebrating 50 years since graduating from Lindsey Wilson College. A total of 24 alumni were recognized on Friday afternoon. Back row, from left: William Appelhaus '69 from Louisville, Ky.; Dennis Davis from Louisville, Ky.; John Walker '70 from Lexington, Ky.; Dan Antle 71 from Columbia; Mike Givens '73 from Bowling Green, Ky.; Victor Stansberry Jr., '73 from Evansville, Ind., Bill Heselbarth '71 from Greenwood, Ind.; Stephen David Hopkins '71 from Kettering, Ohio; and LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. Middle row, from left: Janice Gibson '70 from Louisville, Ky.; Virgil Gibson '70 from Louisville, Ky.; Glenda Bass '71 Bracken from Pensacola, Flor.; Mary Ann Grimsley '72 Zrake from Lexington, Ky.; Hilda Humphress '72 Legg from Lexington, Ky.; Patty Heselbarth '71 from Greenwood, Ind.; Dennis Kemmer '73 from Ocala, Flor.; Kenneth Thompson '69 from Louisville, Ky.; Steven Lieurance '69 from Cincinnati, Ohio; and Robert LaGrange '71 from Indianapolis, Ind. Front row, from left: Lanna Martin '73 McAninch from Liberty, Ky.; Cynthia Hentzell '71 Maier from Massillon, Ohio; Jane Parson '71 Crumrine from Marietta, Ohio; Deborah Buchanan '72 from Bowling Green, Ky.; Kay Butke '71 LaGrange from Indianapolis, Ind.; and Bill Straus '70 from Lexington, Ky.

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LWC graduates with their diplomas

2023-05-04 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
From left: LWC graduates Maria Frazier from Old Hickory, Tennessee; Connor Hayes from Columbia; Cydney Sampson from Albany, Kentucky; and Kelsey Redford from Elizabethtown, Kentucky, proudly display their diplomas after receiving them from LWC President William T. Luckey Jr., during the Lindsey Wilson's 117th commencement ceremony on April 29. The foursome was a part of the largest graduating class in school history.

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Clarke and Turner receive master's degrees at LWC

2023-05-04 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
Krystal Clarke from Bel Air, Maryland, left, and Jessica Turner from Louisville, Kentucky, wait for the first part of LWC's spring commencement celebration to begin on Friday evening, April 28. Clark and Turner attended LWC 100% online and received master's degrees in counseling and human development.

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President Luckey with 2023 LWC Scholar-Athletes

2023-05-04 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
President William T. Luckey Jr., poses with LWC athletics 2023 scholar-athletes at the campus quadrangle. Upon graduation, the scholar-athletes must be a part of an LWC athletic program and have a 3.5 GPA. LWC held its 2023 commencement ceremonies over two days to accommodate the large crowds in Biggers Sports.

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Childhood friends unite to congratulate LWC grad

2023-05-04 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
Master of Science in Technology Management graduate Dieudonne Nishimwe from Safford, Arizona, is congratulated by childhood friends who traveled from Tennessee, Ohio, Arizona, and Pennsylvania to cheer on their companion whom they met years ago in a classroom in Rwanda.

More than 150 students received master's degrees from LWC as part of the spring Class of 2023.

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