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Posted on Sunday, August 14, 2016 [9:06 PM]



COLUMBIA, KY. -- Incoming students at LWC were told to mark their calendars for Saturday, May 9, 2020.

That is when members of the Lindsey Wilson College Class of 2020 are scheduled to graduate from the liberal arts college.

LWC President, William T. Luckey Jr., told the freshman class Saturday afternoon at an opening ceremony in the Roberta D. Cranmer Dining Center to make a habit of making good decisions throughout their next four years at LWC, and throughout life.

"Life is so much easier when you make good decisions," said Luckey, "In fact you made a great decision in deciding to attend Lindsey Wilson College."

College officials will not know for a couple weeks the size of this year's freshman class. But each and every student was encouraged to treat the next four years as an Olympic event, to never stop "training" for graduation day.

Luckey also encouraged the freshmen to take advantage of the opportunities they receive over the next four years -- not unlike the way he did 35 years ago when he left home for college in the Midwest.

"I had a lot of fun. I played hard, but I also worked hard," he said. "I took advantage of an incredible opportunity, and I'm reminded of that every day of my life. The question is, will you do the same? Will you take advantage of this opportunity before you today?"

LWC Student Government Association President Hannah McCandless of Elizabethtown, Ky., told the freshman to use this time to get out of their comfort zone.

"Get involved. Join clubs, play sports, attend activities, socialize, and try new things. Get out of your comfort zone," she said. "Don't be afraid to ask for help, everyone here wants to see you succeed. And as an institution, LWC can help you make your dreams become reality."

Students began moving into residence halls early Saturday morning -- an annual tradition that longtime LWC Dean of Students Chris Schmidt said he always enjoys.

"Opening weekend is traditional. It's performed by colleges all over the nation, but we try to make it special," Schmidt said. "For many people, opening weekend marks a new beginning and a series of new opportunities. It would be anti-climatic if we didn't make a big deal out if it. ... It's not just a big deal to the students but to the parents and grandparents. We have so many first-generation college students here that it means a lot to entire families."

Freshman Deaziah Lowe of Louisville, KY has been itching to get on campus for months, and says when she got here she was floored by the positive atmosphere.

"I really love how everyone is so friendly," said Lowes, "Just how ready everyone was to help us move in and how personable everyone is shocking to me. So far everything's been better than I could have imagined and I can't wait to start my next four years!"

Mariah Stearns

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