Winter Graduates Told ‘Times They Are A-Changin’’
Posted on Saturday, December 11, 2010 [6:32 PM]
Undergraduates Veronica Bridgewaters of Columbia, left, Karen
Blevins of Eubank, Ky.,
Brandi Berry of Scottsville, Ky., and Darrell Ball of Strunk, Ky.,
more their tassels to
represent their graduation from LWC.
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Members of the first half of
the Lindsey Wilson College Class of 2010-11 were told Saturday
morning that "the times they are a-changin'," but they have the
ability to control their destiny because they have a college
Those were the words Kentucky Community and Technical College
System President Michael B. McCall delivered at the college's 92nd
commencement ceremony, held Saturday morning in Biggers Sports
Lindsey Wilson awarded a record 365 degrees at this year's
winter commencement -- 214 undergraduate degrees and 151 graduate
degrees. This was LWC's seventh consecutive winter commencement
ceremony, made necessary because of the college's growth. To put
this year's winter commencement in perspective, LWC awarded 312
degrees in 2003-04, the last year the college held only one
Also on Saturday, LWC awarded an honorary doctorate to McCall
and to former LWC administrator and Kentucky state legislator Doug
Moseley of Bowling Green, Ky.
Quoting Bob Dylan's anthem of the 1960s generation, McCall told
the Lindsey Wilson graduates that the words of "The Times They Are
A-Changin'" is just as relevant today as they were when the song
was released in 1964.
Today's college graduates enter a world where a "profound
transformation of world the economy" is taking place as technology
revolutionizes everything in everyday life, including education,
work and how wealth is created.
"It's virtually erased all borders, creating a worldwide
marketplace," McCall said. "Education, though, is at the core of
McCall told the students that a college degree "is not a free
pass" nor is it "a sole ticket to the American dream."
For today's college graduates to be successful, they have "got
to realize how you market yourself," McCall said.
And to avoiding "sinking like a stone" in the world economy,
McCall advised the graduates to develop two habits -- "discover and
cultivate what your strengths are, and package those strengths into
a marketable brand."
By being "the CEO of your life" and becoming lifelong learners,
a college graduate can succeed in a world economy that is "very
intolerant of mediocrity," McCall said.
"You are entering the workforce at a very exciting time -- a
very scary time in some ways, a very challenging time for us as
well," he said. "Yes, the times are changing, the waters around you
have grown, will continue to grow, but you already have a leg up on
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