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Former Romanian Cosmonaut to Help LWC Cap Off Record Graduating Class

Posted on Monday, May 05, 2014 [9:25 AM]

2014 Spring Commencement -- Luckey Signs Diplomas

LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. signs one of the 246 degrees that will be awarded
at Saturday's 99th commencement ceremony.


COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson College's 99th commencement ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. CT on Saturday, May 10.


The liberal arts college will award a total of 246 undergraduate and graduate degrees at its 2104 spring commencement ceremony, which will be held in Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive.


Combined with the 418 degrees awarded in December at winter commencement, LWC's Class of 2014 will be a record 664 graduates, the most in the 111 years of the liberal arts college. That is 57 more students than LWC's previous largest class, which was set last academic year.


The ceremony will be broadcast live over DuoCounty Channel 2 and on the LWC Campus Central Internet channel,


This year's spring commencement address will be given by former Romanian cosmonaut Dumitru Dorin Prunariu.


Prunariu is a member of one of the world's most elite organizations: the Association of Space Explorers. The association includes persons who have completed at least one orbit of the Earth in space -- currently more than 325 individuals from 35 countries.


In May 1981, Prunariu became the only Romanian-born cosmonaut and the 103rd human to fly into outer space. He and Russian cosmonaut Leonid Popov completed an eight-day space mission aboard Soyuz 40 and the Salyut 6 space laboratory. During the mission, they conducted experiments in astrophysics, biology, space medicine, space radiation and space technology.


From 1998-2004, Prunariu was president of the Romanian Space Agency, and since 2000 he has been an associate professor of geopolitics at the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest.


From 2004-05, Prunariu was Romania's itinerary ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Russia.


Prunariu currently works for the Romanian Space Agency as an expert within the Airspace Consulting Association, and he is also vice president of the International Institute for Risk, Security and Communication Management of Bucharest.


Following spring commencement, 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.


Other commencement activities include:


* Senior Banquet -- 5 p.m. CT on Friday, May 9, in Cranmer Dining & Conference Center. LWC Dean of the Chapel Rev. Terry Swan will give the


* Baccalaureate Service -- 7 p.m. CT on Friday, May 9, in V.P. Henry Auditorium, 210 Lindsey Wilson St. LWC religion instructor the Rev. Cinda Swan will deliver the message.


* Golden Alumni Induction Ceremony -- 9 a.m. CT on Saturday, May 10, in Norma and Glen Hodge Center for Discipleship. A total of 11 new members, from the Class of 1964, will be inducted: Rebecca Bennett Brecht of Radcliff, Ky.; Ben C. Burr of Bardstown, Ky.; Daniel William Dewald of Mount Vernon, Ohio; Kenneth George of Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich.; Audrey Pederson Langos of Lancaster, Ohio; Janice Branstetter Morgan of Crestwood, Ky.; John Perin of Cincinnati; Robert G. Simpson of Lexington, Ky.; Margaret Fisher Janas Srack of Silver City, N.M.; JoAnne Peden Smith of Horse Cave, Ky.; and Neil S. Strawser of Loveland, Ohio. The new inductees will also be recognized at the commencement ceremony.


For more information about LWC's 2014 spring commencement activities, contact the LWC Alumni Office at or 270-384-8400.

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