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Lindsey Wilson College graduates First Cincinnati, OH class!

Red letter day for Columbia, KY: Three pioneer for Lindsey Wilson College: They are first Cincinnati, OH, campus graduates - and second LWC Ohio campuses graduates
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By Duane Bonifer

CINCINNATI -- Lindsey Wilson College officials concluded two historic days in Ohio Wednesday night, May 12, 2010, as the college's School of Professional Counseling honored the first graduates of its Cincinnati Community Campus.

The classes that will follow the Class of 2010 will be much larger, but the three LWC students who were honored Wednesday night at Cincinnati State Technical & Community College will always be remembered as pioneers.

The students were members of the first class who graduated from Lindsey Wilson's Cincinnati Community Campus. Thanks to an innovative partnership between LWC and Cincinnati State Technical & Community College, the students earned a bachelor's degree in human services and counseling in less than two years while taking evening and weekend classes at the community college campus. The classes were taught by LWC faculty.

The program's graduates will enter the mental-health and counseling professions in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

"They had to endure a lot to get to this point," LWC Assistant Professor of Human Services and Counseling Mark Staples said in his keynote address. "They were pioneers, they were trailblazers for this campus. ... They were bold and brave and tenacious and risk-takers who said, 'Bring it on.'"

The three students honored Wednesday night -- ShaRon Leonard of Florence, Ky., Shannon Owens of Cincinnati and Chevon Peterson of Cincinnati -- were more than dreamers, Staples said. They were students who put their dreams into action.

"It's great to dream, but they put legs on the dream," he said.

Leonard, Owens and Peterson joined 12 graduates from the Lindsey Wilson Southern State Community Campus in Hillsboro, Ohio, who were honored Tuesday night at a pinning ceremony. The 15 students are the first graduates of the college's Ohio community campuses, which were opened in 2009.-Duane Bonifer

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Three graduates at Cincinnati, Ohio
are pioneers for Lindsey Wilson College

2010-05-13 - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo. Cincinnati, OH
The first graduates of the Lindsey Wilson College Cincinnati Community Campus were honored at a pinning ceremony held Wednesday night at Cincinnati State Technical & Community College. From left: Shannon Owens of Cincinnati, Chevon Peterson of Cincinnati and ShaRon Leonard of Cincinnati.

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