LWC to Award 287 Degrees, Honor Three with Doctorates at Winter Commencement
Posted on Friday, December 09, 2011 [8:55 AM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson College will
honor two Southcentral Kentucky natives and one of Kentucky's
legendary civil rights leaders at this year's winter commencement,
which will be on Saturday, Dec. 10.
At the college's 94th commencement ceremony, Lindsey Wilson will
award a total of 287 degrees -- 154 undergraduate diplomas and 133
Receiving honorary doctorates from the college will be former
LWC first lady Margaret McDonald, Sgt. Dakota Meyer and civil
rights leader P.G. Peeples. Peeples will deliver the commencement
The ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. CT on Saturday, Dec. 10,
in the college's Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive.
This will be Lindsey Wilson's the second largest winter class
since the college began the ceremony in December 2004. LWC's
largest winter class was 365, which was graduated in 2010.
Peeples is president/CEO of Urban League Of Lexington-Fayette
County. A native of Lynch, Ky., he graduated from Southeast
Kentucky Community College and then the University of Kentucky.
Shortly after graduating from UK, Peeples became education
director of the Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County. He was
soon named director of the chapter, making him the youngest Urban
League director in the nation.
"Mr. Peeples has distinguished himself as a community leader and
a force for positive change for all people in Lexington-Fayette
County and throughout the commonwealth," said Lindsey Wilson
President William T. Luckey Jr. "He is one of Kentucky's great
leaders, and it is an honor to have him address our graduates."
Peeples has overseen the development of the Urban League's
professional job-training programs for individuals with
low-incomes. The Urban League, under his guidance, has also worked
to stem the urban decay of Lexington's neighborhoods.
In addition to serving and president/chief executive officer of
the Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County, Peeples is also chair
of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of
A native of Taylor County, Ky., McDonald was LWC first lady when
her husband, the late Rev. L.R. McDonald, served as the college's
fifth president from 1971-78. She currently lives in
An Adair County native, Meyer -- who now serves in the Individual Ready
Reserve of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve -- received the Medal of
Honor earlier this year from President Obama for his actions in a
September 2008 battle in Afghanistan.
Following LWC's winter commencement, the Lindsey Wilson College
National Alumni Association will hold a reception for graduates and
their guests in the Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference
Center. For more information about the ceremony or the reception,
contact the Lindsey Wilson Alumni Office at email@example.com or