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LWC Community Welcomes Class of 2017

Posted on Saturday, August 17, 2013 [9:28 PM]

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- The countdown began Saturday for May 13, 2017.


That is when members of the Lindsey Wilson College Class of 2017 are scheduled to graduate from the liberal arts college.


But in the next four years, great things are expected of one of the college's largest freshmen classes.


"You are going to accomplish great things together and as individuals," LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. told the freshmen Saturday afternoon at an opening ceremony in the Doris and Bob Holloway Health & Wellness Center. "You will win national championships together; you will travel across this country together and to other countries as well; you will sing and act, make music together; you will serve in nursing homes, daycares and afterschool programs together; you will laugh, you will cry, you will grieve, and you will celebrate together."


College officials will not know for a couple weeks the size of this year's freshman class. But they already know it will be one of the largest and brightest. Luckey told the freshmen that they are part of the "best and brightest" class in LWC's 110-year history, according to ACT scores and high school grade point averages.


Luckey 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 Jonathan Joseph of Louisville, Ky., told the freshmen that it is easy to find a place at the college, which will have more than 1,150 students living in residence halls this school year.


"This is the most loving place that accepts everyone for who they are and for who they want to be," he said. "The possibilities at Lindsey Wilson truly are endless. … The family aspect of Lindsey Wilson is second to none."


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."


And judging by the mood of freshman Luke Rearic of Lexington, Ky., there is much enthusiasm in the LWC freshman class.


"What drew me to Lindsey Wilson was the small campus, and I just liked being here when I visited," he said. "I came here for wrestling and can't wait to start here with practice and classes. I'm very excited about my new life here."


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