Record 418 Degrees Conferred at '13 Winter Commencement
Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 [6:14 PM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson College
graduated the largest winter class in the college's 110-year
history Saturday morning. A total of 418 degrees were awarded at
the college's 98th ceremony, held before a crowd of more than 2,000
guests in Biggers Sports Center.
In his commencement address, the Rev. Todd Love of
Columbia told the graduates that they were about to begin a
different kind of "hero's journey."
"We're taught that the hero's journey is the journey from
weakness to strength … but the real hero's journey is the journey
from strength to weakness," said Love, who is superintendent of the
Columbia District of The United Methodist Church Kentucky Annual
Love told the class -- which included 219 undergraduate
degrees and 199 graduate degrees -- that they are "about to be a
rookie again," which means they will have learn the important life
role of how to be a "nobody."
"For in learning how to be a nobody, you will learn how
not to be a jerk," said Love, who is also an ex officio member of
the Lindsey Wilson Board of Trustees. "For the rest of your life …
you will learn to be kinder and more thoughtful. You will tip well.
You will empathize. You will be a mentor, and a generous one."
Love told the graduates to become lifelong students by
building on their college educations.
"Education is not really about grades and getting a job,"
he said. "It's primarily about becoming a more aware and engaged
observer of the universe. If that ends with college … you're
wasting your one and only chance at real consciousness."
Love also urged graduates to "concentrate on growing in
"Choose the possibility that the lives and experiences of
other people you encounter are as complex and unpredictable as your
own. That other people are not simply one thing or another … but
their life, like yours, contains a multitude of layers," he said.
"And by reading other people in that context, we learn to be more
compassionate to each other. … The gift and the challenge of your
education is to see others as they see themselves -- to grapple
with this mean and crazy and beautiful world in all of its baffling
Love also received an honorary doctorate from the
college. Also receiving an honorary doctorate was Lindsey Wilson
trustee and Greensburg, Ky., businessman Lenn R. Pruitt.
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