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Lexington Theological Seminary's graduate march continues tradition

Piper Will Young led the commencement procession from Lexington Theological Seminary's
campus to UK's Memorial Hall on Friday. A bagpipe has led the procession for more than 60 years.
Piper Will Young led the commencement procession from Lexington Theological Seminary's campus to UK's Memorial Hall on Friday. A bagpipe has led the procession for more than 60 years. Herald-Leader

New graduates of the Lexington Theological Seminary continued a decades-old tradition Friday morning, marching to receive their diplomas at the school's 2013 commencement.

Led by piper Will Young and faculty members, they strolled from the seminary campus across South Limestone to the University of Kentucky's Memorial Hall, where the ceremonies were held.

Marian Taylor, executive director of the Kentucky Council of Churches, was the commencement speaker.

Friday's graduates included Kyle McDougall, who three years ago became the first student to join the Lexington seminary's new online program. She completed a master of divinity degree, and she plans to join the staff at Central Christian Church this fall.

Lexington Theological Seminary students take their classes online, but they gather on the campus twice each year for extended study together.

Because the school has been in transition to online study, there were only six graduates this year, including some who went through the traditional classroom program.

Seminary officials said they expect the 2014 class to be four times bigger than this year's.

The seminary, founded in 1865, has 110 students. It has been on South Limestone since 1950.

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