LWC Awards 287 Degrees, Honors Three Kentuckians at Winter Commencement
Posted on Saturday, December 10, 2011 [4:00 PM]
LWC honored three Kentucky residents with honorary
doctorates. From left: LWC
President William T. Luckey Jr.; honorary doctorate recipient
and former LWC first lady
Margaret McDonald of Campbellsville, Ky.; honorary doctorate
recipient Sgt. Dakota Meyer
of Columbia, honorary doctorate recipient; Urban League Of
County President/CEO P.G. Peeples; and Lindsey Wilson Board
of Trustees Chair
Allan Parnell of Louisville, Ky.
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Today's college graduates are
entering a world that is undergoing more change than at any time in
human history. But by becoming "the CEO of your life" and "selling
yourself to the world," today's college graduates can navigate the
challenges created by "the new ballpark" of the world economy.
That's what Urban League Of Lexington-Fayette County
President/CEO P.G. Peeples told Lindsey Wilson College's 2011
winter graduates at the college's 94th commencement ceremony, held
Saturday morning in Biggers Sports Center.
At the ceremony, LWC awarded a total of 287 degrees -- 154
undergraduate diplomas and 133 graduate diplomas. It was LWC's
second largest winter class since the college began the ceremony in
December 2004. LWC's largest winter class was 365, which was
graduated in 2010.
Peeples received an honorary doctorate from the college. Also
receiving an honorary doctorate were former LWC first lady Margaret
McDonald of Campbellsville, Ky., and Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Dakota
Meyer of Columbia.
Peeples, who graduated from college more than 40 years ago, said
that while the 1960s may have been a time of great change in the
United States, that decade's social and economic tumult pale in
comparison with the current technological revolution sweeping the
"The changes we loved to protest about and sing about are minute
when you compare them to the changes each of you will be confronted
with during your lifetime," said Peeples, a first-generation
college student from Lynch, Ky.
Peeples noted that Americans who enter college today at the age
of 18 years old are likely to have nine jobs by the time they reach
35, and most college graduates will change careers three times.
That's why it is important for college graduates to be lifelong
learners and constantly acquire new skills.
"We are in a worldwide marketplace that demands that Americans
work more with their minds than their hands," Peeples said.
"Education is at the core of this revolution. It is a new ballpark.
… The new world is very intolerant of mediocrity."
Peeples also noted that "while a college degree is
critical to success, it is not a free pass."
As jobs evolve or are reinvented, college-educated workers
will have to do the same.
"Most of the jobs you will be hired for (right out of college)
will either disappear or change beyond recognition," he said.
In order to succeed in that uncertain environment, it is
critical for today's college graduate to cultivate their talents
and brand themselves, Peeples said.
"You must change your mindset from being an important employee
to CEO of your own life because no big company is going to take
care of you for the rest of your life," he said. "It is going to be
up to you."
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