Woodford County

Kentucky universities, colleges honor graduates

Several area colleges and universities held their graduation ceremonies Saturday.

Among them:

Morehead State University honored nearly 1,150 degree candidates.

It also conferred an honorary Doctor of Education Degree on alumnus Elmer Smith of Atlanta, who is president of Interactive College of Technology.

Student speakers at two graduation programs were Medina Whitney Jackson, a native of Flat Lick, and Kevin Callihan of Raceland.

Georgetown College conferred degrees on 244 seniors.

Three of them — David Boyle Jr. of Memphis, and cousins Ralpheal West and Jarmar Smith of Houston, are the first graduates of the college's Bishop Scholars program, which carries on the tradition of Bishop College, a historically black Baptist college in Texas that closed more than 20 years ago.

Ralph Douglas West, Ralpheal West's father and Smith's uncle, spoke at the Baccalaureate service Friday. He is founder and senior pastor of The Church Without Walls in Houston, which has more than 20,000 members.

Lt. Gen. Benjamin Freakley, who leads the U.S. Army Accessions Command out of Fort Monroe, Va., delivered the commencement address.

Campbellsville University graduated its largest class ever with 517 students receiving diplomas. On Friday, 119 graduate degrees were awarded, and 262 undergraduate degrees were conferred on Saturday. An additional 136 degrees had already been awarded in December.

Micah Don Spicer of Wingo, who was president of the Student Government Association, and James Jones, a university trustee and pastor of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Campbellsville, received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, presented annually to one graduating senior and one adult.

Kevin W. Cosby, president of Simmons College of Kentucky and pastor of St. Stephen Church in Louisville, delivered the commencement address Saturday and received an honorary doctorate of humanities degree.

Bill Mackey, who is retiring from his position as executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, received the school's Leadership Award at the graduate ceremony Friday.

Lindsey Wilson College awarded 141 undergraduate and 17 graduate degrees. When combined with the 365 degrees awarded at the winter commencement, Lindsey Wilson's class of 2011 is the largest in the school's 93-year history.

Alumna Hilda Legg, the school's former director of admissions, delivered the commencement address and was awarded an honorary doctorate. Jim Sutton, co-founder of The Lighthouse, a United Methodist Church-sponsored community center in Louisville and a Lindsey Wilson board of trustees member since 1999, also received an honorary doctorate.

Midway College held its commencement Saturday evening, moving indoors because of the weather. The school had 306 graduates.