Spring Commencement Will Cap Off LWC’s Largest Graduating Class
Posted on Monday, May 09, 2011 [9:43 AM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson College
will cap off its largest class in school history at this year's
Lindsey Wilson's spring commencement -- the 93rd commencement in
college history -- will be held at 10 a.m. CT on Saturday, May 14,
in Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive.
At the May 14 ceremony, a total of 158 degrees -- 141
undergraduate degrees and 17 graduate degrees -- will be awarded.
Combined with the 365 degrees awarded at LWC's 2010 winter commencement ceremony, the LWC
Class of 2011 will be a record 523 graduates.
Following the spring commencement ceremony, the Lindsey Wilson National Alumni
Association will hold a reception for graduates and their
guests in Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center, 430
Helen Flatt Drive.
Lindsey Wilson alumna Hilda Legg will deliver the spring
commencement address. Legg and United Methodist Church leader Jim
Sutton of Crestwood, Ky., will receive an honorary doctorate from
the Lindsey Wilson Board of Trustees and the college's faculty.
Also on May 14, LWC will honor alumni from the Class of 1961 by
inducting the alumni into the Golden Alumni Society. The ceremony
will be held in conjunction with the spring commencement
To put this year's spring commencement in perspective, LWC
awarded 312 degrees in 2003-04, the last year the college held only
one commencement ceremony. That translates into a 68 percent
increase in graduates over the last seven school years.
"Commencement is always the highlight of the school year," said
Lindsey Wilson President William T. Luckey Jr., who has been the
college's eighth president since July 1, 1998. "It's a wonderful
day for our students, their family members and their friends.
"It's a bit hard to believe that Lindsey Wilson now graduates
more than 500 students a year. That's very exciting because most of
our graduates choose to remain in Kentucky, which helps the
commonwealth of Kentucky reach its goal of doubling the number of
Kentucky residents with a college diploma."
An Adair County native, Legg has displayed a passion for public
service throughout her professional life. She is a consultant for
Legg Strategies, which specializes in
telecommunication deployment, with emphasis in rural communities,
and economic development opportunities. She is running for the
Republican nomination for Kentucky secretary of state, and she is
also vice chair of the Alice Lloyd (Ky.) College board of
In addition to serving as Lindsey Wilson director of admissions,
Legg was alternate federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional
Commission and she was the first executive director and CEO of
the Center for
Rural Development in Somerset, Ky. Legg was also 15th
administrator of the Rural Utilities Service.
Sutton, who has been a member of the Lindsey Wilson Board of
Trustees since 1999, is co-founder of The
Lighthouse, a United Methodist Church community center that
serves underprivileged urban children and families in Louisville,
Ky. He is chair of the Lighthouse Board of Directors, and he is
vice president of Lighthouse Promise Inc., Lighthouse's
A retired General Electric Co. manager, Sutton has been a lay
leader of The United Methodist Church Louisville District and has
also been active in The United Methodist Church Kentucky Annual
Lindsey Wilson College's 93rd commencement ceremony will be
held at 10 a.m. CT on Saturday, May 14. For more information about
commencement, the Golden Alumni Society induction ceremony, contact
the college at firstname.lastname@example.org or (270) 384-8030.