Spring Commencement Ceremonies May 8 Will Recognize 2,124 Degree Candidates
Spring Commencement ceremonies at EKU on Saturday, May 8, will recognize 2,124 degree candidates, including the first from the Universityís inaugural doctoral degree program.
Because the University no longer holds summer commencement, this yearís Spring Commencement will feature three separate ceremonies. The first ceremony, at 9:30 a.m., will recognize degree candidates in the Colleges of Business & Technology and Education. The second ceremony, at 1:30 p.m., will recognize degree candidates in the Colleges of Health Sciences and Justice & Safety. The dayís final ceremony, at 5 p.m., will honor candidates in the College of Arts & Sciences. All ceremonies are in Alumni Coliseum.
Each of the keynote speakers is a member of the EKU Foundation Board of Directors, and two are members of the Universityís Hall of Distinguished Alumni.
The keynote speaker in the 9:30 ceremony will be Bill Clements, Henderson, senior vice president and branch manager with Hilliard Lyons and a member of EKUís Hall of Distinguished Alumni. The 1968 Eastern graduate serves as secretary/treasurer of the EKU Foundation Board of Directors and chairs the Finance Committee. He and wife Cindy established an endowment to provide scholarship support for students from the Henderson community studying in Easternís College of Business and Technology.
The keynote speaker for the 1:30 ceremony will be Tom Coffey, Nashville, a Somerset native who serves on the Executive and Finance Committees of the Foundation Board and is a member of the Universityís Hall of Distinguished Alumni. Coffey, who graduated from Eastern in 1965, is the retired president and CEO of Lincoln National Life Midsouth Corporation and continues to be very active in the insurance and financial services fields. A former president of the Universityís International Alumni Association, he also established EKUís first endowed professorship.
Jane Boyer, Prospect, a former member of the Universityís Board of Regents who serves on the Executive Committee of the Foundation Board, will serve as keynote speaker for the 5 p.m. ceremony. A past recipient of the EKUís Presidential Award of Merit, Boyer has been a strong supporter of many Eastern programs, including the Honors Program, Friends of the Library, and Friends of the Fine Arts, as well as Colonel athletics.
All three speakers will receive honorary doctor of humanities degrees.
In all, 1,526 bachelorís degree candidates will be recognized, plus 457 masterís degree candidates, 134 associate degree candidates, six specialist degree candidates and the one doctoral degree candidate from the College of Education.
Student speakers will be Mary Jennings, Beattyville, 9:30 a.m. ceremony; Tejon Washington, Bartow, Fla., 1:30 p.m. ceremony; and Jessica Slaton, Richmond, 5 p.m. ceremony.
College receptions for the respective graduates and their families will be held in the Fred Darling Gymnasium in Alumni Coliseum immediately after each ceremony.
The public is welcome to attend any of the ceremonies.