Spring Commencements send off the Class of 2016

Commencement season is underway. We’ve attempted to aggregate 2016 commencement information for our member institutions here in one place. Where incomplete, listings will be updated as information becomes available. As always, visit the institutions’  websites for the most current and accurate information.

Congratulations, Class of 2016!

Alice Lloyd College

Saturday, May 7
Grady Nutt Athletic Center
Speaker: George Nicholas, III, ALC alumnus and Senior Vice President of New York Life Insurance Company
Graduates: 82

ALC Celebrates the Class of 2016 (alc.edu)


Asbury University

Commencement for APS and Graduate Students:
Saturday, May 7
10 AM
Hughes Auditorium
Speaker: Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
100 graduates were honored

Commencement for Traditional Undergraduate Students:
Saturday, May 9
Luce Center
Speaker: Dr. Billy Jang Hwan Kim, pastor, evangelist, and world-renown broadcaster.
260 graduates were honored

Asbury University commencement page: asbury.edu/commencement

Bellarmine University

Saturday, May 14
9 AM
Owsley Brown Frazier Stadium (Severe weather: Knights Hall)
Speaker: The Most Rev. Joseph E. Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville, President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Honorary degrees: Kurtz and retired Dish Network CEO Joseph P. Clayton, a Bellarmine alumnus, will receive honorary doctoral degrees from Dr. Doris Tegart, Bellarmine’s interim president
Anticipated number of degrees: 607 (468 undergraduate, 139 graduate and doctoral)

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

Archbishop Kurtz to speak at Bellarmine’s May 14 Commencement (bellarmine.edu)


Berea College

Sunday, May 8
Seabury Arena
Speaker: Dr. Everett McCorvey
Graduates: 260 total (216 spring graduates, the remainder will complete degree requirements in August)

McCorvey Urges Berea Graduates to Pursue Impossible Dream (berea.edu)


Brescia University

Saturday, May 14
10 AM CT
RiverPark Center
Speaker: Sister Sharon Sullivan
Anticipated number of graduates: 167

Campbellsville University

Graduate Commencement:
Friday, May 13
7 PM
Ransdell Chapel
Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award: Dr. Joseph L. Owens, fifth-term chair of the Campbellsville University Board of Trustees and Campbellsville University 1977 alumnus; pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church, Lexington, Ky.
Anticipated number of graduates: 128 master’s degrees are to be awarded

Undergraduate Commencements:
Bachelor’s Graduation
Saturday, May 14
9 AM
Powell Athletic Center
Speaker: Dr. Joseph L. Owens, fifth-term chair of the Campbellsville University Board of Trustees and Campbellsville University 1977 alumnus; pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church, Lexington, Ky.
Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award: Kristen Nicole Jacob, 2016 senior from Lexington, Ky.
Anticipated number of graduates: 156 bachelor of science degrees are to be awarded

Bachelor’s and Associate’s Graduation
Saturday, May 14
Powell Athletic Center
Speaker: Dr. Joseph L. Owens, fifth-term chair of the Campbellsville University Board of Trustees and Campbellsville University 1977 alumnus; pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church, Lexington, Ky.
Anticipated number of graduates: 126 bachelor and associate degrees to be awarded

Campbellsville University to graduate over 400 students (Campbellsville.edu)

Centre College

Sunday, May 22
Newlin Hall of the Norton Center for the Arts
3 PM
Speaker: Deborah Bial, founder, Posse Foundation
Honorary Degrees: Deborah Bial, Harold (Hal) Smith
Anticipated number of graduates: 303

Posse Founder Deborah Bial to deliver 2016 Commencement address at Centre (centre.edu)


Georgetown College

Saturday, May 14
10 AM
Giddings Lawn (inclement weather: Davis-Reid Alumni Gym)
Speaker: Robert L. Mills, Jr., a 1967 alumnus, retired banking executive, and son of former GC president, the late Robert L. Mills.
Special Recognition: Don and Chris Kerr Cawthorne Award for Faculty Excellence (winner TBA)
Anticipated number of graduates: 218 (174 Bachelor’s; 44 Master of Arts in Education)

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

Over 200 Degrees to be Conferred Saturday (georgetowncollege.edu)


Kentucky Christian University

Saturday, May 7
10 AM
Dick Damron Hall of Champions, Lusby Center
Speaker: Jim Gibson
Honorary degree: Honorary doctorate presented to Jack Strother, Sr.
Graduates: 140 (6 master’s)

Kentucky Wesleyan College 

Saturday, April 30
10 AM CT
Jones Gymnasium
Speaker: Lydia Mari Dorman, KWC ’82, senior vice president of human resources for Coca-Cola in Japan
Honorary Degrees: Lydia Dorman, Randall Capps (KWC ’57), and Dr. Angelos Stergiou (KWC ’97)
Graduates: 125

Kentucky Wesleyan graduates 125 on rainy Saturday morning (kwc.edu)

Lindsey Wilson College

Saturday, May 14
Biggers Sports Center
Speaker: Hall of Fame Journalist and Kentucky Educational Television host Bill Goodman
Honorary Degree: Bill Goodman; Henry Baughman, retired college professor and EMT expert
Anticipated number of degrees: 244 (13 associate degrees; 166 bachelor of arts degrees; 22 bachelor of science; 25 bachelor of science of nursing; 7 master of arts; 11 master of education)

Midway University

Saturday, May 14
11 AM
Graves Amphitheater (inclement weather: Marshall Gymnasium)

St. Catharine College

Saturday, May 14
11 AM
Lourdes Hall gymnasium
Speaker: Bill Lamb, WDRB
Anticipated number of graduates: 140 (41 associate degrees, 93 bachelor’s, 6 master’s)

Spalding University

Saturday, June 4
10 AM
Canaan Christian Church
Speaker: Spalding President Tori Murden McClure will address the graduates
Honorary Degrees: Honorary degrees will be presented to Walter Randolph Coe II, Ishmon F. Burks, and Ruth E. Williams-Brinkley. Susan Marie Gatz, SCN will receive the Caritas Award, the highest honor awarded by Spalding University.

Thomas More College

Saturday, May 14
11:30 AM
Connor Convention Center

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

Transylvania University

Saturday, May 28
9 AM
Lawn in front of Old Morrison (rain location: Clive M. Beck Center)
Speaker: Jim Gray, Mayor of Lexington
Anticipated number of graduates: 280

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


Union College

Saturday, May 7
10:30 AM
John M. Robsion Jr. Arena
Speaker: Thomas C. Clark, Chair Emeritus Union College Board of Trustees
Graduates: 211 (10 bachelor of arts; 133 bachelor of science, including 14 students from inaugural pre-licensure nursing class earning a BSN; 51 master of arts in education; 16 educational specialist; 7 master of arts in psychology; 12 chemical dependency counselor)

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

University of the Cumberlands

Saturday, May 7
10 AM
O. Wayne Rollins Center on the University of Cumberlands campus

University of Pikeville

Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine Commencement:
Saturday, May 13
9:30 AM
East Kentucky Expo Center
Speaker: John W. Becher, D.O.
Honorary degree: Becher will receive an honorary Doctor of Osteopathic Education degree

University of Pikeville Commencement

Saturday, May 13
2 PM
East Kentucky Expo Center
Speaker: W. James (Jim) Host
Honorary degree: W. James (Jim) Host, honorary Doctor of Public Service

Commencement webpage: http://www.upike.edu/Academics/commencement

University of Pikeville commencements set for May 14 (UPIKE.edu)