Spring Commencement Caps Off College’s Largest Graduating Class
Posted on Saturday, May 14, 2011 [6:12 PM]
Courtney Hatfield of Vine Grove, Ky., left, and Sydney Harvey of
Louisville, Ky. , move
their tassel to the left side of their mortar board to signify
their graduation from LWC.
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson College
2011 spring graduates were told to use their college degrees to do
something and serve others.
That was the message delivered by Lindsey Wilson alumna
Hilda Legg on Saturday morning at the college's 93rd commencement
ceremony, held in Biggers Sports Center.
"Some of you in this class, you may find that your opportunity
will be bigger even than your dreams," said Legg, an Adair County
native and former LWC director of admissions.
At the Saturday morning ceremony, Lindsey Wilson awarded a total
of 158 degrees -- 141 undergraduate degrees and 17 graduate
degrees. Combined with the 365 degrees awarded at LWC's winter
commencement ceremony, the LWC Class of 2011 is a record 523
Although the Lindsey Wilson graduates are entering an anemic
national economy, Legg urged them to look for opportunities to make
"Innovate, act, do something and know that out of your actions,
failure is not an option," she said. "You may learn some lessons,
you may have some setbacks, but failure is not an option. … Learn
from what you try, learn from taking chances, learn from your
actions, but most of all be a part of it and do something --
Legg also urged the graduates to be inspired by the essence of
the Lindsey Wilson mission -- "every student, every day" -- to
"That (Lindsey Wilson) motto focused on you -- you have felt it,
you have reaped the benefits of it," she said. "It is now your turn
to decide who in your life will be your every person, your everyday
challenge to help. … Don't make your future about you, make it
about those around you. Consider that the future belongs to you,
but that you also truly belong to the future."
In addition to serving at Lindsey Wilson, Legg also was
alternate federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission
and she was the first executive director and CEO of the Center for
Rural Development in Somerset, Ky. She was also the first female
administrator of the Rural Utilities Service. She is a candidate
for Kentucky secretary of state.
"One of the reasons that I have been blessed beyond my
imagination" is because of Lindsey Wilson, Legg said. "Lindsey
Wilson College was the first step to my adult life. It launched me
into a world of education and opportunity that frankly I had never
even thought a remote possibility."
Legg received an honorary doctorate from the college.
Also receiving an honorary doctorate from the college was United
Methodist Church leader Jim Sutton of Crestwood, Ky. Sutton, who
has been a member of the Lindsey Wilson Board of Trustees since
1999, is co-founder of The Lighthouse, a United Methodist Church
Community Center that serves underprivileged urban children and
families in Louisville, Ky. He is chair of the Lighthouse Board of
Directors, and he is vice president of Lighthouse Promise Inc.,
Lighthouse's fund-raising arm.
Also on Saturday, LWC inducted 11 alumni from the Class of 1961
into the Golden Alumni Society, which honors alumni who graduated
from the college 50 years ago.
The commencement ceremony was preceded on Friday night by the
senior banquet and baccalaureate service. The Rev. Michael Powers,
superintendent of the Bowling Green District of the Kentucky Annual
Conference of The United Methodist Church, delivered the
Click here to see pictures from 2011 spring