LWC to Graduate Record Winter Class, Dedicate Building and Break Ground on Another
Posted on Tuesday, December 07, 2010 [8:45 AM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson College will
graduate a record number of students at this year's winter
commencement, to be held at 10:30 a.m. CT on Saturday, Dec. 11.
The college will award a total of 365 degrees -- 214
undergraduate degrees and 151 graduate degrees -- when it holds its
92nd commencement ceremony in Biggers Sports Center.
Following the ceremony, the Lindsey Wilson National Alumni Association will
hold a reception for graduates and their guests in Roberta D.
Cranmer Dining & Conference Center.
Kentucky Community and Technical College System President Michael B. McCall will deliver the keynote
address. McCall and former LWC faculty member and administrator
Doug Moseley of Bowling Green, Ky., will both receive an honorary
doctorate from the Lindsey Wilson Board of Trustees and the
Also on Dec. 11, the college will honor alumni who graduated
from LWC in 1950 or earlier by inducting them into the Golden
Alumni Society. The ceremony will be held in conjunction with the
winter commencement ceremony.
But the largest winter commencement in the college's history is
only part of the weekend's events. On Friday, Dec. 10, the college
will dedicate a new building and break ground on another.
At 10 a.m. CT on Friday, Dec. 10, the LWC community will
dedicate Harold J. Smith Hall. The ceremony will be held in front
of the residence hall. Opened this fall, the four-story, 186-bed
residence hall is the largest on the college's A.P. White Campus.
It is named in memory of the late Harold J. Smith of Crestwood,
Ky., who was a Lindsey Wilson trustee for more than 20 years.
At 1 p.m. CT on Friday, Dec. 10, a ground-breaking ceremony will
be held to celebrate Lindsey Wilson's next classroom building. The
ceremony will take place next to the Jim & Helen Lee Fugitte
Construction on the 26,000-square-foot, two-story building
actually began earlier this semester so that it will be ready for
the start of the 2011-12 school year. The cost of the project is
about $3 million.
The new academic building will house the LWC's School of
Professional Counseling and its fledgling nursing program.
"It's hard to describe what an exciting commencement weekend
this will be for the Lindsey Wilson community," said LWC President
William T. Luckey Jr. "We not only will
graduate our largest winter class, but we will also commemorate the
life of one of the college's greatest trustees as well as celebrate
the growth of our academic programs.
"Although it's great to dedicate a new building and celebrate
the beginning of another, the weekend's real story is our
graduates. More than 80 percent of our graduates are
first-generation college students who will return to their
communities to make a difference through their profession."
This will be the seventh consecutive year Lindsey Wilson has
held a winter commencement. The previous largest winter class was
325 students in December 2008. To put this year's winter
commencement in perspective, LWC awarded 312 degrees in 2003-04,
the last year the college held only one commencement ceremony.
As founding president and chief executive officer of the
Kentucky Community and Technical College System, McCall oversees a
system of 16 individually accredited comprehensive community
colleges with 68 campuses serving more than 100,000 students. KCTCS
has an annual operating budget of about $713 million, and since
1998 has touched the lives of more than 500,000 citizens.
McCall has served for more than 40 years in community and
technical colleges. He has been recognized for his advanced
collaborative partnerships, economic development, innovative use of
technology, and the utilization of team-oriented management.
Few people have been more important to LWC than Moseley. Moseley
came to the college in 1960 as a religion professor. He later
served as chair of the religion department, then was assistant to
the president for development for more than a decade.
Moseley's ministry included serving as pastor of: Park City
Methodist Church, Russell Springs United Methodist Church, Trinity
United Methodist Church in Columbia, Albany United Methodist Church
and St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Campbellsville.
From 1974-1986, Moseley served as a Republican member of the
Kentucky State Senate. His Senate district included Adair, Clinton,
Cumberland, Green, Metcalfe, Russell, Taylor and Wayne counties and
at times Casey County and a part of McCreary County.
Moseley has also served on the Kentucky Legislative Ethics
Commission, the State Personnel Board, the Kentucky Parole and
Probation Board, and has been a district superintendent of the
Kentucky Parks Department.
Lindsey Wilson College's 92nd commencement ceremony will be
held at 10:30 a.m. CT on Saturday, Dec. 11. For more information
about commencement, the Golden Alumni Society induction ceremony,
or Friday's dedication and ground-breaking ceremonies -- contact
the college at firstname.lastname@example.org or (270) 384-8212.