UK bestows degrees, awards

The University of Kentucky bestowed degrees on nearly 7,000 students Saturday in its 143rd commencement.

Jean Smith, widow of late Habitat for Humanity volunteer Pat Smith, accepted one of two Algernon Sydney Sullivan medallions for community service on behalf of her husband. Pat Smith, who died in the Aug. 27, 2006, crash of Comair Flight 5191 at Blue Grass Airport, was active with Habitat at the local and international levels.

Rebecca Elizabeth Linares of Louisville was the other Sullivan medallion winner for her work in Lexington with English as a second language students at Cassidy Elementary School and Morton Middle School and Kentucky Refugee Ministries, as well as work in Honduras and Peru. Linares will go to graduate school in Indiana University's Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program.

UK also gave honorary doctorates to newspaper editor Judith G. Clabes, architect Daniel Libeskind and alcoholism researcher Robert Straus during the ceremony in Rupp Arena.

The commencement speaker was David C. Novak, chairman and CEO of Louisville-based Yum Brands, and the student speaker was Kara A. Sutton, a double major in political science and economics who was active in several organizations.