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Spring 2013 LW ceremony caps off record LWC graduating class

More than 3,000 people in attendance for the 97th overall commencement ceremony. School years total graduates 607, largest in history of institution. Dr. Roger Drake delivers commencement address. Roger Drake, Carol Marra, receive honorary degrees. Class of 1963 honored in Golden Alumni robes
Click on headline for complete story with over 18 photo(s) from commencement, baccalaureate and senior banquet. See also: List of 2013 Spring Graduates from Lindsey Wilson College

By Duane Bonifer
News from Lindsey Wilson College

COLUMBIA, KY - The second half of the Lindsey Wilson College Class of 2013 was told Saturday morning that the rest of their lives "is nothing but electives."

"You can elect how you spend the rest of your life," said outgoing LWC Vice President for Administration and Finance Roger Drake. "You can elect to spend your life in the service of others. You can elect to spend your life seeking monetary gain. You can elect to spend it seeking fame. But you will spend it - time will march on -- and you need to understand now that it is all an elective."


The liberal arts college awarded 226 graduate and undergraduate degrees at its spring ceremony, LWC's 97th overall commencement ceremony, before an overflow crowd of more than 3,000 people.

Combined with the 381 degrees awarded in December at winter commencement, this school year's 607 degrees make the Class of 2013 the largest in LWC's 110-year history. The spring graduates also included LWC's first baccalaureate nursing graduates, as 16 students received a bachelor of science degree in nursing.

To put the size of this year's graduating class in perspective, LWC awarded a total of 445 degrees in 2011-12, and a decade ago it awarded 151 degrees.

Drake noted that this year's LWC graduates have "seen a tremendous amount of change at this college."

The students were on the tail end of a five-year, $39.6 million capital campaign that included two new science classroom buildings, two residence halls, a 20-acre sports park, and a health-and-wellness center.

"You were here during much of this construction and it probably seemed to you as if these buildings just sprung up out of the ground," Drake said. "Well, they didn't. This investment in your college experience, and in your future, was made possible by the generous gifts of students that came before you -- students whose lives were touched and enhanced by this special place.

"In many cases, these buildings were made possible by the generosity of folks that never attended here -- but they heard about your stories -- they heard about your challenges. They heard that all of you came here to learn, and grow so that you can make a difference in the world. These special people whose names you see on these beautiful buildings didn't only make large gifts -- they made significant investments in your futures."

Drake, who is president-elect of Central Methodist (MO) University, received an honorary doctorate from the college. Also receiving an honorary doctorate was Carol Marra of Louisville, KY, a longtime educator and 26-year member of the LWC Board of Trustees. - Duane Bonifer


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LWC 2013 Commencement - 3,000 attend commencement



2013-05-12 - Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer.
Lindsey Wilson College Dean of the Chapel Terry Swan
, center, gives the benediction of the 2013 spring commencement Saturday morning to a packed Biggers Sports Center. - Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College

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Dr. Roger Drake, Carol Marra receive honorary doctorates



2013-05-12 - Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo.
Lindsey Wilson College President William T. Luckey Jr.,
left, joins honorary doctorate recipients Carol Marra of Louisville, KY, and Roger Drake of Columbia. - Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College Director of Public Relations

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2013 Lindsey Wilson Golden Alumni inductees: Class of 1963



2013-05-12 - Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo. A total of 24 members of the Lindsey Wilson College Class of 1963 were inducted into the Golden Alumni Society Saturday morning in the Cralle Student Union Building. The alumni also participated in the spring commencement ceremony, held in Biggers Sports Center.
Seated, from left: George Couch of Owensboro, KY; Kenny George of Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich.; Lee Clore of Crestwood, KY; Scott Finney of Dravosburg, PA.; Virginia Flanagan of Campbellsville, KY; Donna Lacy of Louisville, KY; Judie Rice of Columbia; Faye Shehan of Union, KY; Alice Hadley of Glens Fork, KY; Lane Barnes of Russell Springs, KY; George Taylor of Hamilton, Ohio; and Marshall Myers of Richmond, KY
Standing, from left: LWC Director of Alumni Relations Randy Burns; Joe Sparks of Breeding, KY; Milton Miller of Crestwood, KY; Thomas E. Morgan of Crestwood, KY; Russell G. Boaeuf of Greensboro, N.C.; Billy Lacy of Louisville, KY; Bob Rice of Columbia; Richie Coomer of Columbia; Bill Shehan of Union, KY; Terry Mullikin of Lebanon, OH; Skip Smith of Corbin, KY; Bruce Dod of St. Marys, GA; and Michael Kearns of Hatboro, PA. - Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College Director of Public Relations

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LWC Commencement Spring 2013 - Moving tassels



2013-05-12 - Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard DR, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, LWC photo. Lindsey Wilson College graduates Kayla Michelle Clark of Greensburg, KY, left, Jordan Lee Clark of Lebanon, KY, and Kaitlyn Ann Claborn of Albany, KY, move the tassel on their mortar board from right to left, signifying their graduation Saturday morning from the liberal arts college. The trio received a bachelor of arts degree, three of 226 awarded at Biggers Sports Center. Lindsey Wilson College Dean of the Chapel Terry Swan, center, gives the benediction of the 2013 spring commencement Saturday morning to a packed Biggers Sports Center. - Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College Director of Public Relations

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LWC Commencement Spring 2013 - Daron Morris waves to family



2013-05-12 - Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard DR, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo. Lindsey Wilson College graduate Daron Morris of Hopkinsville, KY, left, waves to the dozen family members who watched him graduate Saturday in Biggers Sports Center as fellow graduate Lebogang Moloto of Gauteng, South Africa, looks on. - Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College Director of Public Relations

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LWC Commencement Spring 2013 - Rachel Carr, Danville, KY



2013-05-12 - Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard DR, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo. Lindsey Wilson College graduate Rachel Carr of Danville, KY, poses for a picture with LWC Professor of Psychology Steve Scott for her mother, Tammy, following Saturday's commencement at Biggers Sports Center. - Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College Director of Public Relations

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Golden Alumni, class of 1963 present $30,805 check



2013-05-12 - Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo. Lindsey Wilson College President William T. Luckey Jr., right, accepts a facsimile check for $30,805 from Class of 1963 graduates Lee Clore of Crestwood, KY, left, and LWC trustee Joe Sparks of Breeding, KY. Members of the Class of 1963, who were inducted into the Golden Alumni Society, made the gift to support scholarships. - Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College Director of Public Relations

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President Luckey congratulates Magnolia, KY grad



2013-05-12 - Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard DR, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo.
Lindsey Wilson College President William T. Luckey Jr.
congratulates June Dial of Magnolia, KY, who earned a bachelor of arts degree in Christian ministries, magna cum laude, Saturday morning at Biggers Sports Center. - Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College Director of Public Relations

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LWC 2013 Commencement Pause - Chad Cole checks messages



2013-05-12 - Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo.
Lindsey Wilson College graduate Chad Cole of Danville, KY, checks his mobile phone Saturday morning as he walks through the "Academic Gauntlet" following 2013 spring commencement. Cole earned a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice, cum laude. - DUANE BONIFER, Lindsey Wilson College Director of Public Relations

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LWC 2013 Commencement - Zackary Smith, Harrodsburg



2013-05-12 - Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard DR, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo.
Lindsey Wilson College President William T. Luckey Jr. congratulates Zackary Smith of Harrodsburg, KY, who earned a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice Saturday morning at Biggers Sports Center. - Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College Director of Public Relations

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LWC Commencement Spring 2013 - A first in history event



2013-05-12 - Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard DR, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo.
Lindsey Wilson College graduate John Brown of Albany, KY,
is flanked by his grandparents, Bill, left, and Faye Shehan of Florence, KY. The Shehans, 1963 alumni, celebrated their induction into the Golden Alumni Soceity, and Brown earned a bachelor of arts degree in biology, cum laude. Saturday's 2013 spring commencement marked the first time a student graduated from the college on the same day relatives were inducted into the Golden Alumni Society. - Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College Director of Public Relations

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LWC Class of 2013 President Lydia Tiller presents check



2013-05-12 - Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard DR, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo.
Lindsey Wilson College 2013 Senior Class President Lydia Tiller of Columbia, KY left, and Vice President Kristi Farmer of Louisville, KY, present President William T. Luckey Jr. with a facsimile check of $966.26. The gift, collected from graduates' donations, will be used to purchase a new Blue Raider Bob costume, the LWC mascot. - Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College Director of Public Relations

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Rev. Neil Janes, Columbia UMC - baccalaureate keynoter



2013-05-12 - V.P. Henry Auditorium, 210 Lindsey Wilson Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC.
The Rev. Neil Janes, pastor of Columbia United delivers the 2013 Lindsey Wilson College baccalaureate service keynote address Friday night at V.P. Henry Auditorium. - Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College Director of Public Relations

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Asa Swan, keynote speaker at Senior Banquet



2013-05-12 - Roberta Cranmer Dining Center, 430 Helen Flatt DR, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo.
LWC Instructor of History Asa Swan
delivers the keynote speech Friday night at the Senior Banquet in Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center. Swan was named LWC Student Government Association Teacher of the Year. - Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College Director of Public Relations

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Recording Memories: Photography at Administration Building



2013-05-12 - L.R. McDonald Administration Building, 210 Lindsey Wilson Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo.
John Brown of Albany, KY.,
takes a picture of fellow graduates Lydia Tiller of Columbia, left, Natalie Vickous of Lancaster, KY, Sydney Bird of Fisherville, KY, Katie Easton of Crestwood, KY, and Rachel Carr of Danville, KY, Saturday morning in front of the L.R. McDonald Administration Building. - Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College Director of Public Relations

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Greensburg, KY student receives BA degree in English



2013-05-12 - Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard DR, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo.
Christopher Lowe of Greensburg, KY,
right, is joined by LWC Associate Professor of English Tim McAlpine following Friday night's baccalaureate service. Lowe earned a bachelor of arts degree in English/teacher education at Saturday's spring commencement ceremony. - Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College Director of Public Relations

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LWC 2013 Commencement - A picture memory



2013-05-12 - L.R. McDonald Administration Building, 210 Lindsey Wilson Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo.
Graduates Kelli Semones of Versailles, KY, left, and Kristi Farmer of Louisville, KY, pause for a picture Saturday morning in front of the L.R. McDonald Administration Building. - Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College Director of Public Relations

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Michael Brown, Campbellsville, KY shoots graduation memory



2013-05-12 - Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard DR, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo.
Bob Brown of Campbellsville, KY, captures a picture of his nephew and Lindsey Wilson College graduate Michael Brown, also of Campbellsville, during Saturday's 2013 spring commencement ceremony in Biggers Sports Center. Brown received a bachelor of arts degree in business administration. - Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College Director of Public Relations

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Dr. Roger Drake delivers commencement address



2013-05-12 - Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard DR, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo.
Lindsey Wilson College Vice President of Administration and Finance Roger Drake
delivers the 2013 spring commencement address Saturday morning in Biggers Sports Center. - Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College Director of Public Relations

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