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LWC 2019 Spring Commencement

By Venus Popplewell

Lindsey Wilson College held its 109th commencement ceremony on Saturday in Biggers Sports Center.

"Today is one of the best days of the year," said LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. who has served the liberal arts college as its eighth president for 21 years. "We are here to celebrate the accomplishments of our precious students. What a great and proud moment it is for them and we are honored to share in their triumph."

Lindsey Wilson College awarded a total of 234 graduate and undergraduate degrees at Saturday's spring ceremony held before a crowd of more than 2,500 guests. Combined with the 411 degrees awarded in December at winter commencement, the Class of 2019 was a total of 645 graduates. To put that number in perspective, that is only 43 fewer graduates than LWC's largest graduating class, a record which was set in 2017.


LWC conferred its second doctorate degree in the history of the college on Saturday. Darlene Vaughn of Woodlawn, Va., became the second graduate of the Doctorate of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision Program.

Also on Saturday, LWC inducted seven alumni from the Class of 1969 into the Golden Alumni Society, which honors alumni who graduated from the college 50 years ago.

Receiving an honorary doctorate from LWC was longtime supporter and businesswoman Bunny Parnell. Parnell along with her husband, Adair County native and LWC board chair Allan Parnell, have supported Lindsey Wilson for more than four decades. For the past five years, they have partnered with the LWC Development Office to issue "The Chair's Challenge" - a 48-hour fundraising campaign. The 2018 campaign raised $1.4 million for scholarship aid.

"When most couples make a commitment to the college, we understand that decision is being made by both individuals," said LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. "Bunny has been right there by Mr. P's side and she loves Lindsey Wilson every bit as much as he does."

The commencement ceremony was preceded on Friday night by the senior banquet and baccalaureate service. The Rev. Michael Powers, assistant pastor at St. Luke United Methodist Church, in Lexington, Ky., delivered the baccalaureate message.


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Ph.D. graduate Darlene Vaughn



2019-05-15 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
Ph.D. graduate Darlene Vaughn of Woodlawn, Va., celebrates after she is presented the second ever doctorate degree to be awarded in the history of Lindsey Wilson College. The first was Cincinnati native Leon Ellison who received his degree last December. Vaughn graduated from the Doctorate of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision Program.

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New members of the Golden Alumni Society



2019-05-15 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
Seven new members were inducted Saturday morning into the Lindsey Wilson College Golden Alumni Society at the John B. Begley Chapel. The new members are from the Class of 1969, who celebrated their 50-year reunion over the weekend. From left, Blue Raider Bob; John R. Carter Sr. from Jamestown, Ky.; John Hoxworth from Terre Haute, Ind.; Hodges A. Moss from Forest Springs, Ky.; Michael Smith from Louisville, Ky., Prudence Westholm from Elizabethtown, Ky.; Joan Wheat from Russell Springs, Ky.; Rita Yates from Springfield, Ky.; and LWC Director of Alumni Relation Hannah Peck.

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Bunny Parnell receives honorary doctorate



2019-05-15 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
Longtime LWC supporter and businesswoman Bunny Parnell received an honorary doctorate degree from Lindsey Wilson College on Saturday, May 11, at the college's 109th commencement ceremony. From left, LWC President William T. Luckey Jr., Bunny Parnell and Lindsey Wilson Board of Trustees Chair Allan Parnell.

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Psychophysiology graduate Airada Bricker



2019-05-15 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
Lindsey Wilson psychophysiology graduate Airada Bricker from Elizabethtown, KY, is congratulated by Lindsey Wilson faculty as she walks through the "Academic Gauntlet" Saturday morning following LWC's 2019 spring commencement ceremony in Biggers Sports Center. Bricker has been accepted to Lincoln Memorial (TN) University's graduate school and has plans to attend medical school.


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Maddie Bivens and Yvonne Ploeg



2019-05-15 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
Maddie Bivens, left, from Sellersburg, Ind., and Yvonne Ploeg from Grootegast, Netherlands, pose for photos and say their last goodbyes as they wait to line up for the spring commencement ceremony in Biggers Sports Center. Ploeg has been a member of the four-time NAIA championship winning women's soccer program at LWC and Bivens was a part of the 2017 NAIA championship volleyball team, winning the title for the first time in the history of the program with a 35-0 season.

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Continuing a family tradition



2019-05-15 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
Elementary education graduate Macey Johnson, left, from Jamestown, KY, stands with her grandmother, Columbia native Betty Brown. Brown served LWC for more than 33 years and retired from the college in 2001. Johnson hopes to teach in south central Kentucky in the fall.

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LWC Biology education graduate Carlyn Causey



2019-05-15 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
Biology education graduate Carlyn Causey from Columbia, KY, is all smiles as she passes through the "Academic Gauntlet" after receiving her degree on Saturday during the college's 2019 spring commencement ceremony.

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