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Lindsey Wilson College caps off largest class in school history!

Dr. Begley is speaker. Over 2,500 at event. Jeremy Lord of Springfield, MA., and philanthropist Kendrick McCandless of Campbellsburg, KY receive honorary doctorates. College has two significant 'firsts,' below.
COMPLETE LIST OF SPRING 2010 GRADUATES
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By Duane Bonifer
News from Lindsey Wilson College

COLUMBIA, KY - Members of the second half of Lindsey Wilson College's Class of 2010 were encouraged to "keep reading and keep meeting people who can have a positive impact upon your life" at Saturday morning's spring commencement ceremony.

Lindsey Wilson capped off its largest graduating class in the college's 107-year history at Saturday's spring commencement, held before more than 2,500 people in the college's Biggers Sports Center.



The college awarded a total of 199 undergraduate and graduate degrees at Saturday morning's ceremony. Combined with the degrees awarded at last winter's commencement ceremony, the Lindsey Wilson Class of 2010 was a record 521 students. That's 35 more degrees than were awarded during the 2008-09 school year, the college's previous record class.

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.

Because of college, graduates live in large universe

At Saturday morning's spring ceremony, the 91st commencement in the college's history,LWC Chancellor John B. Begley told the graduates that because of their decision to attend college they will "live in a larger universe."

"You will live in a larger universe because of the time you have spent here," said Begley, who was the college's sixth president from 1978-97.

Begley, who has seen more than 6,700 people graduate from Lindsey Wilson, encouraged the graduates to remain committed to a life of learning.

Grads urged to continue lifetime of learning

"The things you will also remember about this place are some of the books you have read and some of the people you have met," said Begley, who has been the college's chancellor since 1997. "Keep reading and keep meeting people who can have a positive impact upon your life."

Begley reminded the graduates that they are in elite company - only 60 percent of Kentucky high school graduates attend college and only 17 percent of Kentucky residents hold at least a bachelor's degree.

"So, I commend you for your achievement," he said. "I hope you realize how important this day is and will think of it as one of the defining moments of your life."

Begley told the graduates "that your investment in higher education will prove to be one of the best investments you will ever make."

He also told the graduates that their success was the result of others who invested in higher education. Collectively, LWC's spring graduates received more than $10.3 million in federal, state and institutional aid during their time at the college. More than $4 million of that aid came directly from Lindsey Wilson, which was made possible from donations from alumni and friends of the college.

"There will be a special place in heaven for people who know the joy of helping a deserving student get a college education," Begley said.

Two firsts at event

Saturday's commencement ceremony marked two firsts in LWC history. The college graduated its first class from the its master of arts in Christian leadership, and the college also recognized members of the Class of 1960 as inaugural members of the LWC Golden Alumni Society - alumni who graduated 50 years ago from the college.

Also at Saturday's spring commencement, two individuals received an honorary doctorate from the college: retired higher-education marketing consultant Jeremy Lord of Springfield, MA., and philanthropist Kendrick McCandless of Campbellsburg, KY.



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LWC Spring 2010 Commencement: Honorary doctorates



2010-05-08 - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo. Biggers Sports Arena, 360 Spickard DR, Columbia, KY
The Lindsey Wilson Board of Trustees and faculty honored retired higher-education marketing consultant Jeremy Lord of Springfield, MA, and philanthropist Kendrick McCandless of Campbellsburg, KY, with an honorary doctorate at Saturday mornings 91st commencement ceremony, held in Biggers Sports Center. From left: LWC President William T. Luckey Jr., McCandless, Lord, Lindsey Wilson Board of Trustees Chair Robert Holloway and LWC Chancellor John B. Begley.

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LWC Spring 2010 Commencement: Diplomas



2010-05-08 - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo. Biggers Sports Arena, 360 Spickard DR, Columbia, KY
Lindsey Wilson College Associate Dean of the Faculty Lori Sargent maintains a steady flow of diploma cases on Saturday morning at LWCs 91st commencement ceremony, held in Biggers Sports Center.

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LWC Spring 2010 Commencement: Diplomas



2010-05-08 - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo. Biggers Sports Arena, 360 Spickard DR, Columbia, KY
Lindsey Wilson College Associate Dean of the Faculty Lori Sargent maintains a steady flow of diploma cases on Saturday morning at LWCs 91st commencement ceremony, held in Biggers Sports Center.

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LWC Spring 2010 Commencement: Class of 1960



2010-05-08 - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo. Biggers Sports Arena, 360 Spickard DR, Columbia, KY
Lindsey Wilson College recognized members of the Class of 1960 as inaugural members of the LWC Golden Alumni Society - alumni who graduated 50 years ago from the college - at Saturday's 91st commencement ceremony, held in Biggers Sports Center. Several members of the inaugural Golden Alumni Society gather Saturday morning on the steps of the L.R. McDonald Administration Building before processing into Biggers Sports Center. Front row, from left: Susan Chambers of Edmonton, KY, Dott Luttrell Miller of Jamestown, NC, and Betty Bruton Brown of Columbia; back row, from left: John Kelly Murphy of Tompkinsville, KY, James Chapman of Tompkinsville, Lynn "Blackie" Nixon of Hillsboro, IN, and Douglas Pendygraft of Danville, KY. Not present: Charles Miller of Louisville, Ky., Robert Vaughn Schuler of Milwaukee, WI., and Prentice Stanford of Tompkinsville, KY.

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LWC Spring 2010 Commencement: Chancellor Begley



2010-05-08 - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo. Biggers Sports Arena, 360 Spickard DR, Columbia, KY
Lindsey Wilson College Chancellor John B. Begley delivers the commencement address Saturday morning, May 8, 2010, in Biggers Sports Center at the college's LWC's 91st commencement ceremony.

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