Spring Commencement Will Cap Off LWC’s Largest Graduating Class
Posted on Tuesday, May 09, 2017 [1:47 PM]
Lieutenant Governor Jenean
Hampton will deliver the spring commencement
address at LWC's 105th commencement ceremony on May
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson College will cap
off its largest class in school history at this year's spring
The liberal arts college's 2017 spring commencement
ceremony will be at 10 a.m. CT Saturday, May 13, in Biggers Sports
Center, 360 Spickard Drive.
Kentucky's fifty-seventh and current Lieutenant Governor
Jenean Hampton will deliver the spring commencement
Hampton will also receive an honorary doctorate from the
college. Also receiving honorary doctorate degrees will be recently
retired staff member Sue Breeding Coomer who served Lindsey Wilson
College from 1968-2017 and Director of Library Services Philip
Hanna who joined the LWC faculty in 1993 and will retire at the end
of the summer.
LWC will award 281 degrees at its 105th commencement
ceremony. Combined with the 407 degrees the college awarded last
winter, Lindsey Wilson will award a total of 688 undergraduate and
graduate degrees this school year, the most in the 114-year history
of The United Methodist-affiliated college. The college awarded a
record 664 degrees in 2014.
Lt. Gov. Hampton is the first
African-American to hold any statewide office in Kentucky. She
earned an industrial engineering degree in 1985 from Wayne State
(Mich.) University and then served in the Air Force for seven years
as a computer systems officer, writing computer code and testing
software. Following her military service, Hampton began a 19-year
career in the corrugated packaging industry. During that time, she
earned a master's of business degree from the University of
Rochester (N.Y.), with concentrations in marketing,
entrepreneurship and electronic commerce.
A nearly 50-year employee of the college,
Sue Breeding Coomer
served five presidents and 10 academic deans. She most
recently served as the college's Registrar, a position she held
since 1986. When Coomer joined the LWC staff, registration and
scheduling were done manually. After the college adopted computer
technology to manage the work of the registrar's office - Coomer
successfully transitioned operations to two new computer systems.
She saw enrollment grow from a low of 200 students in the 1970s to
more than 2,600 students today.
Phil Hanna began his
tenure at LWC in 1993. As Hanna prepares to step down as Director
of Library Services, a position he has held since 1999, he leaves
behind a department that has become integrated in all aspects of
the college. Hanna manages a library that serves not only the A.P.
White Campus in Columbia but also the students at the college's 26
community campuses. Hanna is also responsible for LWC's well-known
Cultural Affairs Series - a year-long series that brings authors,
musicians and other performers to campus.
Following the commencement ceremony, the Lindsey Wilson
National Alumni Association will hold a reception for graduates and
guests in Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center, 430
Helen Flatt Drive.
To accommodate the large crowd expected for winter
commencement, the ceremony will be shown on closed-circuit
television in the Norma & Glen Hodge Center for Discipleship,
402 Helen Flatt Drive. The ceremony will also be carried lived on
DuoCounty Channel 2 and on lindsey.edu via its Stretch
For more information about LWC's 2017 Spring commencement
ceremony, contact the LWC Office of Alumni Relations at