Spring Commencement Caps Off Largest Class in LWC History
Posted on Saturday, May 11, 2013 [3:36 PM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- The second half of the
Lindsey Wilson College Class of 2013 was told Saturday 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 in Biggers Sports
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
"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.
More ... To see more than 900 pictures from the
weekend, click here.
To watch the commencement ceremony on the
CampusCentral channel, click here and go to "On Demand."
To see a list of 226 degrees awarded, click here.