Spring commencement season begins

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Spring 2013 commencements kick off this weekend and culminate in early June. Below are schedules, commencement speakers, and links for commencement stories for our member colleges and universities. This post will be updated throughout commencement season as additional details become available.


Alice Lloyd College
Saturday, May 4
Grady Nutt Athletic Complex

Baccaulaureate: 10:30 AM
Speaker: Reverend Lawrence Baldridge

Commencement: 12:15 PM
Speaker: Dr. Henry Webb


Asbury University
Saturday, May 4
Luce Center

Baccalaureate:  May 3, 7:30 PM, Hughes Auditorium
Speaker: Dr. Matthew Friedeman

Graduate and Degree-Completion Commencement: May 4, 10 AM
Speaker: Dr. Debra McKenna Blews

Traditional Undergraduate Commencement: May 4, 2 PM
Speaker: Dr. Edward Blews

Honorary Degrees: TBA

Story with speaker bios on Asbury.edu


Bellarmine University
Saturday, May 11
Knights Hall

Speaker: Lt. Col. Kenny Lynn Harryman

Honorary Degrees: Lt. Col. Kenny Lynn Harryman, Joe and Carol Ferguson


Berea College
Sunday, May 5
2 PM
Seabury Center

Speaker: Peter J. O’Connor, longtime civil rights activist

Honorary Degree: Peter J. O’Connor, honorary Doctor of Laws

Event details with speaker bio on Berea.edu

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232 Seniors Graduate from Berea College (BC Now)


Brescia University
Saturday, May 11
10 AM (CDT)
RiverPark Center, Owensboro

Speaker: Sr. Diana Stano, OSU, Ph.D., President of Ursuline College (OH)

Honorary Degree: Sr. Diana Stano, Doctor of Education

Commencement story with speaker bio on brescia.edu


Campbellsville University
Graduate Commencement:
Friday, May 3
7 PM
Ransdell Chapel

Speaker: Dr. Joseph Early Sr., vice president for academic affairs emeritus at the University of the Cumberlands

Undergraduate Commencement:
Saturday, May 4
9 AM
Powell Athletic Center


Dr. Joseph Owens, chair of the CU Board of Trustees and pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church in Lexington, Ky.

Story and speaker bios on Campbellsville.edu

CU graduates largest class ever with 647 students (Cambpellsville.edu)


Centre College
Sunday, May 19
3 PM
Newlin Hall, Norton Center for the Arts

Speaker: Martha Raddatz, ABC News

Commencement page on Centre.edu


Georgetown College
Saturday, May 11
10 AM
Giddings Lawn (Inclement Weather location: Davis-Reid Alumni Gymnasium)

Speaker: Dr. William H. Crouch, Jr.

Commencement site on georgetowncollege.edu


Kentucky Christian University
Saturday, May 11
10 AM
Lusby Center – Gymnasium

Speaker: President Jeff Metcalf


Kentucky Wesleyan College
Saturday, May 11
10 AM (CDT)
Hocker-Hall Grove (Inclement Weather: Woodward Health & Recreation Center gymnasium)

Speaker: TBA


Lindsey Wilson College
Saturday, May 11
10 AM (CDT)
Biggers Sports Center

Speaker: Dr. Roger Drake, LWC vice president of administration and finance since 2004; president-elect of Central Methodist (Mo.) University

Honorary Degrees: Roger Drake and Carol Marra of Louisville, Ky., educator and 26-year member of the LWC Board of Trustees

Largest class in LWC history to be capped off May 11 at spring commencement (lindsey.edu)


Mid-Continent University
Saturday, May 11
3 PM
Graves County High School

Event page on midcontinent.edu


Midway College
Saturday, May 11
11 AM
Graves Amphitheater

Speaker: Dr. Bonnie Baskin, entrepreneur and owner of Blue Heaven Farm


St. Catharine College
Saturday, May 11
11 AM
Lourdes Hall Gymnasium

Speaker: Dustan E. McCoy, chairman and chief executive officer of Brunswick Corporation in Chicago

Story on sccky.edu


Spalding University
Saturday, June 1
10 AM
Canaan Christian Church

Speaker: President Tori Murden McClure


Thomas More College
Saturday, May 11
1:30 PM
Front lawn near the bell tower (Inclement Weather: Connor Convocation Center)

Speaker: Outgoing President Sr. Margaret Stallmeyer, C.D.P.

Honorary Degree: Ernest B. Hillenmeyer, Jr. of Maysville, Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa

Story on thomasmore.edu


Transylvania University
Saturday, May 25
9:30 AM
Lawn of Old Morrison

Speaker: Steve Zahn

Honorary Degree: Nikky Finney, National Book Award-winning poet, Doctor of Humane Letters

Story on Transy.edu


Union College
Saturday, May 4
10:30 AM
Robsion Arena

Speaker: William “Bill” Starnes, Ph.D., Gottwald Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus at the College of William and Mary and renowned plastics expert

Honorary Degrees: Bill Starnes, Doctor of Science, honoris causa, and his wife, Sofia M. Starnes, will be presented with a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa.

Story on unionky.edu


University of the Cumberlands
Saturday, May 4
10 AM
O. Wayne Rollins Center    

University of Pikeville

University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine Commencement
Saturday, May 18
9:30 AM
East Kentucky Expo Center

Speaker: Regina M. Benjamin, M.D., MBA, U.S. Surgeon General

Honorary Degree: Regina M. Benjamin, M.D., MBA, U.S. Surgeon General, Honorary Doctor of Science
College of Arts & Sciences Commencement

Saturday, May 18
2 PM
East Kentucky Expo Center

Speaker: Dr. T. Pearse Lyons, Founder and President of Alltech

Honorary Degrees: Dr. T. Pearse Lyons, Honorary Doctor of Public Service and Deirdre Lyons, Co-Founder of Alltech, Director of Corporate Image and Design, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters