WKU’s Course of 2021 persisted via tough 12 months

The Class of 2021 retains a particular position in the heart of Western Kentucky College, President Timothy C. Caboni informed graduates on Saturday.

“Your senior yr was distinct in so a lot of approaches – you expert the unimaginable repercussions of a world pandemic unleashing its wrath on our globe,” President Caboni reported. “But, collectively you faced the troubles that unfolded, you ongoing your studies and you overcame in purchase to obtain. So, prior to I say something a lot more, permit me say this: Class of 2021 – Perfectly. Done.

“Well completed in the way you persisted by adversity. Effectively done in how you adapted to an extremely distinct planet about you. And very well finished in the impressive method in which you cared for a person a different.”

Graduates ended up seated throughout Feix Field as WKU celebrated its Fall 2020/Spring 2021 Commencement at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.

Additional than 2,500 graduates participated in Saturday’s in-particular person ceremonies.

WKU conferred degrees and certificates to 4,180 graduates from tumble 2020, spring 2021 and summer 2021 semesters — 139 affiliate, 2,836 bachelor’s, 725 master’s, 85 doctoral and 6 specialist levels, and 271 undergraduate certificates and 118 graduate certificates.

Spring and summertime 2020 graduates will be recognized at 10 a.m. May 8 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.

“As we slowly arise on the other aspect of the pandemic,” President Caboni said, “I hope the previous 12 months leaves you strengthened – greater geared up to deal with adversities – and that you will lean on this practical experience to elevate you and assist you to increase higher than – now, tomorrow and during your life.”

Pupil Govt Association President Garrett Edmonds told fellow graduates in the Class of 2021: “As we reflect on this earlier calendar year and the shared worries we faced as a campus group, our will to persevere introduced us to this momentous working day of celebration of our achievement. We did not enable the challenges of this year to tarnish our spirit. At WKU, we are living by the motto ‘The Spirit Makes The Grasp.’ Our strong spirit and perseverance are apparent by our accumulating in this article currently.”

The early morning ceremony provided graduates of Gordon Ford School of Organization and College or university of Health and Human Expert services, whilst the night ceremony provided graduates of Potter Faculty of Arts & Letters, Higher education of Schooling and Behavioral Sciences and Ogden College or university of Science & Engineering. (Much more: Graduation method)

Minton Award

Shelby A. King of Lexington, who gained a Grasp of Science in Psychological Sciences, was identified as the John D. Minton Award receiver. The Graduate School’s best award is named for Dr. John D. Minton, who was a heritage professor and WKU’s initial graduate dean and served as vice president for Administrative Affairs and as WKU’s fifth president.

Ogden Basis Scholar

Ashley Salmon of Crestwood, who been given a bachelor’s diploma with a significant Mathematical Economics and a insignificant in Finance, was the Drop 2020 Ogden Foundation Scholar.

Seth Newby of Magnolia, who received a bachelor’s diploma with a main in Finance, was the Spring 2021 Ogden Basis Scholar.

The Ogden Basis Award, WKU’s top undergraduate graduation honor, is presented to one graduating baccalaureate diploma senior who has demonstrated outstanding educational achievement and fantastic university and civic engagement.

ROTC commissioning

The Hilltopper Army ROTC Program commissioned 23 graduates as next lieutenants. They are: Madison Alexander of Franklin Justin Bratcher of Owensboro Connor Breece of Nashville, Tennessee Joseph Carter of Tompkinsville Grant Denbaugh of Murfreesboro, Tennessee Jadon Douglas of Hardyville Thomas Emberton of Frankfort Jacob Goldman of Owensboro Ethan Gordon of Elizabethtown Hunter Hatfield of White Residence, Tennessee Steven Huffman of Severna Park, Maryland Matthew Legendre of Elizabethtown Andrew Manwell of Louisville Thomas Pelkey of Rochester, Minnesota John Provost of Brandenburg Ethan Reynolds of Raven Saul Sandefur of Carlisle, Indiana Faith Smith of Scottsville Shane Smith of Shepherdsville Tyler Swindell of Marietta, Ga Dameon Walker of Lexington Collin Watson of Campbellsville Olivia Wilson of Ekron.

WKU recognized graduates and those people in attendance who are serving in the U.S. navy or are armed service veterans.

Graduation notes


  • Potter School of Arts & Letters created a special diploma presentation to Douglas and Tresa Wells, mothers and fathers of Elliott Wells, who passed away in December. The Bachelor of Arts diploma was awarded posthumously to Wells, a Broadcasting and Community Relations significant from Owensboro.
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  • Dr. Julia Roberts, the Mahurin Professor of Gifted Scientific tests and the Executive Director of The Heart for Gifted Experiments and The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky, carried the Mace to lead the procession of platform attendees. The honor of carrying the mace is provided to the faculty member in attendance who has served the longest tenure. Dr. Roberts has taught at WKU for 40 decades.
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  • The Nationwide Anthem was led by graduating seniors Haley Cuzick, a New music Education main, and Claire Smith, a Vocal Functionality main.
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  • Joe Morel, President of the WKU Alumni Association Countrywide Board of Directors, welcomed graduates to the WKU Alumni spouse and children.
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  • The Course of 2021 included 63 WKU student-athletes with a cumulative GPA of 3.35.
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Gatton Academy graduation

The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky will figure out 78 students from 43 counties in the Class of 2021, its 14th graduating course. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday (May possibly 2) at Diddle Arena. Speaker will be Jason Glass, Commissioner of Kentucky Division of Instruction.

Spring/summer 2020 graduates

The Graduation celebration for spring and summer time 2020 graduates of all 5 tutorial colleges will start at 10 a.m. May possibly 8 at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. Graduates will assemble at 9 a.m. together Avenue of Champions in front of Downing Pupil Union for Topper Stroll. Look at the Could 8 plan.

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