One year after the COVID-19 pandemic altered the life of people around the world, Lindsey Wilson College announced a plan for spring 2021 commencement that will move the college one step closer to normal operations: a commencement that includes options for in-person and remote celebration.
“Commencement is one of the greatest days of the year at Lindsey Wilson College,” said LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. “None of us could have imagined over a year ago the challenges and obstacles our student body would endure as a result of this virus. The class of 2021 deserves to be properly recognized for their perseverance and resilience.”
The decision comes after a majority of members from the Class of 2021 voiced their desire to have an in-person celebration.
The current plan will include four ceremonies: three in-person ceremonies to be held on Friday, May 7 through Saturday, May 8, rain or shine, at Blue Raider Stadium, 928 Russell Road, Columbia, KY. Students are assigned to their ceremony based on their major. Graduates who prefer to not commence in-person were given the option to be included in one pre-recorded virtual ceremony which will be delivered via the college’s website and social media services.
All in-person ceremonies will be live-streamed for guests who cannot attend.
The live stream link will be available at bit.ly/lwcstream (portal.stretchinternet.com/lwcadmin). The streaming service will begin five minutes prior to the event.
Commencing at 9amCT, on Friday, May 7, in Blue Raider Stadium are undergraduate main campus students from the LWC Schools of Professional Counseling, and Business & Communication. Following that ceremony, undergraduates from the Schools of Arts & Humanities, Professional Studies, and Mathematics & Sciences will commence at 11:30amCT.
Commencing at 10amCT, on Saturday, May 8, are graduates from LWC’s extended programs, master’s-level programs, as well as graduates who attended LWC exclusively through online format.
The parking lot will open 90 minutes prior to the assigned ceremony and the stadium opens 60 minutes in advance.
The in-person ceremonies will continue to follow the state recommendations for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Attendance is limited with each graduate receiving four pre-registered tickets for guests. The three, separate ceremonies will ensure a safer, smaller crowd attendance. Official ceremony programs will be mailed to the graduate’s permanent residence. LWC’s registrar’s office notified students of their assigned ceremony and provided further instruction by letter to their official LWC email accounts.
The pre-recorded virtual ceremony can be accessed at www.lindsey.edu/commencement at 10amCT, on Thursday, May 6, 2021.
“Nothing gives me greater satisfaction than to celebrate the accomplishments of our students,” said Luckey. “The last year has been an extraordinary test of our character and I am in complete awe of the resiliency in our students. The collective student body has taught us what it truly means to be a Blue Raider. It is my privilege to provide these options for our graduates and their families.”
For more information about spring 2021 commencement, call LWC’s registrar’s office at 270-384-8025 or email [email protected].