Former Romanian Cosmonaut to Help LWC Cap Off Record Graduating Class
Posted on Monday, May 05, 2014 [9:25 AM]
LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. signs one
of the 246 degrees that will be awarded
at Saturday's 99th commencement ceremony.
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson
College's 99th commencement ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. CT on
Saturday, May 10.
The liberal arts college will award a total of 246
undergraduate and graduate degrees at its 2104 spring commencement
ceremony, which will be held in Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard
Combined with the 418 degrees awarded in December
at winter commencement, LWC's Class of 2014 will
be a record 664 graduates, the most in the 111 years of the liberal
arts college. That is 57 more students than LWC's previous largest
class, which was set last academic year.
The ceremony will be broadcast live over
DuoCounty Channel 2 and on the LWC Campus
Central Internet channel, http://bit.ly/lwcstretch.
This year's spring commencement address will be
given by former Romanian cosmonaut Dumitru
Prunariu is a member of one of the world's most
elite organizations: the Association of Space Explorers. The association
includes persons who have completed at least one orbit of the Earth
in space -- currently more than 325 individuals from 35
In May 1981, Prunariu became the only Romanian-born
cosmonaut and the 103rd human to fly into outer space. He and
Russian cosmonaut Leonid Popov completed an
eight-day space mission aboard Soyuz 40 and the Salyut 6 space
laboratory. During the mission, they conducted experiments in
astrophysics, biology, space medicine, space radiation and space
From 1998-2004, Prunariu was president of the
Romanian Space Agency, and since 2000 he has been an associate
professor of geopolitics at the Academy of Economic Studies in
From 2004-05, Prunariu was Romania's itinerary
ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Russia.
Prunariu currently works for the Romanian Space
Agency as an expert within the Airspace Consulting Association, and
he is also vice president of the International Institute for Risk,
Security and Communication Management of Bucharest.
Following spring commencement, the Lindsey Wilson
National Alumni Association will hold a reception for graduates and
their guests in Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center,
430 Helen Flatt Drive.
Other commencement activities include:
* Senior Banquet -- 5 p.m. CT on
Friday, May 9, in Cranmer Dining & Conference Center. LWC Dean
of the Chapel Rev. Terry Swan
will give the
* Baccalaureate Service -- 7 p.m.
CT on Friday, May 9, in V.P. Henry Auditorium, 210 Lindsey Wilson
St. LWC religion instructor the Rev. Cinda Swan
will deliver the message.
* Golden Alumni Induction Ceremony
-- 9 a.m. CT on Saturday, May 10, in Norma and Glen Hodge
Center for Discipleship. A total of 11 new members, from the Class
of 1964, will be inducted: Rebecca Bennett
Brecht of Radcliff, Ky.; Ben C. Burr of
Bardstown, Ky.; Daniel William Dewald of Mount
Vernon, Ohio; Kenneth George of Grosse Pointe
Shores, Mich.; Audrey Pederson Langos of
Lancaster, Ohio; Janice Branstetter Morgan of
Crestwood, Ky.; John Perin of Cincinnati;
Robert G. Simpson of Lexington, Ky.;
Margaret Fisher Janas Srack of Silver City, N.M.;
JoAnne Peden Smith of Horse Cave, Ky.; and
Neil S. Strawser of Loveland, Ohio. The new
inductees will also be recognized at the commencement ceremony.
For more information about LWC's 2014 spring
commencement activities, contact the LWC Alumni Office at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 270-384-8400.