2015 spring commencement details announced

Country music legend Naomi Judd (left of podium) looks on as Berea students perform one of her songs at Berea College's commencement on May 3, 2015. Photo courtesy of Berea College.
Country music legend Naomi Judd (seated to the left of podium) looks on as students perform one of her songs at Berea College’s commencement on May 3, 2015. Photo courtesy of Berea College.

Over the next few weeks, thousands of students at Kentucky’s private nonprofit colleges and universities will receive their hard-earned degrees as their families and friends proudly look on.

We’ve attempted to aggregate commencement information for our member institutions here in one place on this page. For the most current and accurate information, please visit the institutions’ websites.

 

Alice Lloyd College

Commencement:
Saturday, May 2
Grady Nutt Athletic Center
Speaker: Jack Whitaker, Chairman of the Whitaker Bank Corporation
74 bachelors degrees were awarded

“ALC Celebrates the Class of 2015” (alc.edu)

Asbury University

Baccalaureate:
Friday, May 8
7:30 PM
Hughes Auditorium on Asbury University campus

Commencement for APS and Graduate Students:
Saturday, May 9
10 AM
Hughes Auditorium

Commencement for Traditional Undergraduate Students:
Saturday, May 9
2 PM
Luce Center
Speaker: Greg Brenneman, former CEO/President of Quiznos, Burger King, Continental Airlines

Asbury University commencement page: asbury.edu/commencement

Bellarmine University

Commencement:
Saturday, May 9
10 AM
Clayton Field in the Owsley Brown Frazier Stadium (Inclement weather location: Knights Hall)
Speaker: Michael B. McCallister, chairman of the Humana Foundation and retired president and chairman of Humana
Honorary degree: Michael B. McCallister
Anticipated number of graduates: 547 (416 undergraduate, 131 graduate)

Commencement page: http://www.bellarmine.edu/academicaffairs/graduation/spring-commencement/

“Bellarmine to award 547 degrees on Saturday, May 9” (bellarmine.edu)

Berea College

Commencement:
Sunday, May 3
Seabury Arena
Speaker: Naomi Judd, Kentucky-born singer, author, motivational speaker, and actress
Honorary Degrees: Naomi Judd, Honorary Doctor of Science
Number of graduates: 271

Baccalaureate & Commencement Speakers Inspire Berea Grads (Berea.edu)

 

Brescia University

Commencement:
Saturday, May 9
10 AM CT
RiverPark Center
Speaker: Al Mattingly, Daviess County Judge Executive and Brescia alumnus
Anticipated number of graduates: 167

 

Campbellsville University

Graduate Commencement:
Friday, May 8
7 PM
Ransdell Chapel
Anticipated number of graduates: 143 master’s degrees are to be awarded

Undergraduate Commencements:
Saturday, May 9
9 AM
Powell Athletic Center
Speaker: Dr. E. Bruce Heilman, chancellor, University of Richmond, member of Campbellsville University Board of Trustees and 1949 Campbellsville College graduate
Honorary Degrees: Dr. Frank Chatham, senior vice president for academic affairs at CU and class of 1965, honorary doctorate in higher education; Dr. E. Bruce Heilman will receive the Campbellsville University Leadership Award
Anticipated number of graduates: 129 bachelor of science degrees are to be awarded

Saturday, May 9
Noon
Powell Athletic Center
Speaker: Dr. E. Bruce Heilman, chancellor, University of Richmond, member of Campbellsville University Board of Trustees and 1949 Campbellsville College graduate
Anticipated number of graduates: 145 degrees are to be awarded

“CU to graduate 417 students in three ceremonies May 8 and 9, for a total of 629 for academic year” (Campbellsville.edu)

 

Centre College

Sunday, May 24
Newlin Hall of the Norton Center for the Arts

Baccalaureate:
11 AM
Speaker: Dr. Rick Axtell, Centre College Chaplain and Paul L. Cantrell Professor of Religion

Commencement:
3 PM
Speaker: Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Crit Luallen, Centre College class of 1974
Honorary Degrees: Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen, honorary doctor of humane letters
Anticipated number of graduates: 326

Commencement page: http://www.centre.edu/connect/events/commencement/

 

Georgetown College

Baccalaureate: 
Friday, May 8
7 PM
Speaker: Dr. Greg S. Barr ’86, Senior Pastor of St. Matthews Baptist Church, Louisville

Commencement:
Saturday, May 9
10 AM
Giddings Lawn (inclement weather: Davis-Reid Alumni Gym)
Speaker: David Adkisson ’73, President and CEO Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Honorary degree: Randall Louis Fox, alumnus and former trustee, Doctor of Humane Letters Honoris Causa
Anticipated number of graduates: 209 (B.A. 92, B.S. 115, B.M. 2))

Commencement page: http://www.georgetowncollege.edu/commencement/

“Distinguished Alumni Selected as Baccalaureate and Commencement Speakers” (georgetowncollege.edu) 

 

Kentucky Christian University

Commencement:
Saturday, May 9
10 AM
Dick Damron Hall of Champions, Lusby Center

 

Kentucky Wesleyan College 

Commencement:
Saturday, May 9
10 AM CT
Hocker-Hall Grove (Inclement weather: Woodward HRC)

 

Lindsey Wilson College

Commencement:
Saturday, May 9
9 AM CT
Biggers Sports Center
Speaker: Audrey Tayse Haynes, Kentucky Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and Lindsey Wilson alumna
Honorary Degree: Trustee emeritus Tom Carter of Danville, who has served on the LWC Board of Trustees since 1982
Anticipated number of graduates: 210 (for a total of 613 degrees awarded in this academic year when combined with the 403 degrees awarded during winter commencement)

“Audrey Haynes to deliver LWC Commencement Address” (columbiamagazine.com)

 

Midway College

Commencement:
Saturday, May 9
11 AM
Graves Amphitheater (inclement weather: Marshall Gymnasium)
Speaker: Honorable Ing. Marcela Paredes de Vásquez, Minister of Education for the Republic of Panama
Anticipated number of graduates (includes December and May graduates): 302

“Education Minister of Panama to Speak at Midway College Commencement” (midway.edu)

 

St. Catharine College

Commencement:
Saturday, May 9
11 AM
Lourdes Hall gymnasium
Speaker: Madeline Abramson
Anticipated number of graduates: 164 (59 associate degrees, 95 bachelor’s, 15 master’s, 2 certificates)

“St. Catharine College commencement speaker announced” (sccky.edu)

Spalding University

Commencement: 
Saturday, June 6
10 AM
Canaan Christian Church
Speaker: Spalding President Tori Murden McClure will address the graduates
Honorary Degrees: Honorary degrees will be presented to Frank X Walker and Ben Richmond; the Caritas Medal, the highest award presented annually by Spalding University, will be presented to Silas House

 

Thomas More College

Commencement:
Saturday, May 16
12:30 PM
Speaker: TBA

Commencement page: http://www.thomasmore.edu/commencement/

 

Transylvania University

Commencement:
Saturday, May 23
9:30 AM
Lawn in front of Old Morrison (rain location: Beck Center)
Old Morrison Lawn (Rain location: Clive M. Beck Athletic and Recreation Center)
Speaker: Homaira Akbari, founder and CEO of AKnowledge Partners global advisory firm
Student Speaker: Skyler Slone
Honorary degrees: Roszalyn Mack Akins ’76, Dean of Students, Carter G. Woodson Academy

Commencement page: http://www.transy.edu/commencement/

“Leading thinker on future of technology to deliver Transylvania commencement address” (Transy.edu)

 

Union College

Baccalaureate:
Friday, May 8
7 PM
Conway Boatman Chapel
Speaker: Reverend Michael L. Feely

Commencement:
Saturday, May 9
10:30 AM
John M. Robsion Jr. Arena
Speaker: Albert “Hap” Cawood, Union alumnus known for his book The Miler
Anticipated number of graduates: 216

Commencement page:  http://www.unionky.edu/commencement

“Union College to honor 2015 graduates during events May 8-9” (unionky.edu)

 

 

University of the Cumberlands

Saturday, May 9
10 AM
O. Wayne Rollins Center on the University of Cumberlands campus
Speaker: Dr. Billy Kim
Honorary degree: Shin-gil Kim
Anticipated number of graduates: 825 (249 undergraduate and 576 graduate)

 

University of Pikeville

Saturday, May 16

Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine Commencement:
Saturday, May 16
9:30 AM
East Kentucky Expo Center
Speaker: Harold “Hal” Rogers, U.S. Representative, Kentucky’s 5th District
Honorary degree: Congressman Hal Rogers, Honorary Doctor of Public Service; Walter May, CEO, Pikeville Medical Center, Honorary Doctor of Laws

Honorary degree: Gov. Steve Beshear, Doctor of Public Service

College of Arts and Sciences, Coleman College of Business, and Elizabeth Akers Elliott School of Nursing Commencement

Saturday, May 16
2 PM
East Kentucky Expo Center
Speaker: Wilbert W. (Wil) James, Jr., President, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.
Honorary degree: Wilbert W. (Wil) James, Jr., President, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc., Honorary Doctor Humane Letters